Serena Williams get a wild card for Western & Southern

Ross Houston
August 13, 2016

Williams originally could not attend the local event because of her commitment to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 34-year-old American and defending gold medallist was upset in straight sets by world number 20 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 in the third round on Tuesday.

Williams, the two-time defending champion, will enter as a wild card and the top seed. It left a nice opening in her schedule to return to Mason.

Serena Williams has been given a special wildcard berth into the WTA/ATP Cincinnati tournament on Thursday, just two days after suffering an embarrassing loss in the Rio Olympics. In 2015, Williams defeated Simona Halep in the final after taking out Ana Ivanovic in the 2014 title match.

Williams won in Cincinnati for the second time past year and it has now been confirmed she will be present when the main draw of the 2016 edition of the tournament gets underway on Monday. She finished as runner-up to Victoria Azarenka in 2013. Overall, she has a 21-6 record in eight appearances in Cincinnati.

The Western and Southern Open tournament organisers were pleased to announce the news of Williams' return, and the tournament director, Andre Silva broke the news in a short statement, "We are thrilled Serena is returning to defend her titles".

The Cincinnati hardcourt tournament is one of the main warmup events for the US Open, which begins August 29.

Tickets and grounds passes remain available for the 2016 tournament and can be purchased at or at Ticketmaster.

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