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Sharapova, Venus Williams receive wildcards for Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 30 Jul 2019
  • Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams receive Cincinnati wildcards
  • Entire WTA top 10 including Serena Williams scheduled to appear
  • Western & Southern Open begins Sunday 11 August
Former champion Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams have received wildcards into the 2019 Western & Southern Open (PA Sports)

Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams receive wildcards into next month's Western & Southern Open.

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Wildcards have been granted to Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams for the Western & Southern Open, which will be played in Cincinnati from 11-18 August 2019.

Both women have been ranked as high as world no. 1 throughout their careers, and join a player field which is due to feature the entire WTA top 10, including world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, as well as defending champion Kiki Bertens.

But the Western & Southern Open will be just Sharapova's third event since February, with the Russian having missed the best part of five months due to a recurring right shoulder injury, for which she underwent surgery earlier this year.

She made her return to competition at the Mallorca Open, where she lost in the second round to Angelique Kerber, before retiring in the first round of Wimbledon as she trailed Pauline Parmentier 0-5 in the third set. Sharapova attributed the retirement to a left forearm injury. 

'I've had a history of a tendon in my left forearm flaring up. It happened today in the second set,' she said after the match. 

'It's very rare that I withdraw from a match in the middle of the match. That certainly means that it's painful, yeah.'

At the time, Sharapova refused to set a deadline for when she might return to competition, saying: 'I don't know yet. It's kind of a tricky injury. I've had this before.

'I haven't really gotten a really good clarification from anyone that I've seen on what really causes it.'

Sharapova receives treatment at Wimbledon (PA Sports)
Sharapova reached the final of the Western & Southern Open in 2010, finishing runner-up to Kim Clijsters, and went on to claim the title in 2011, defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final. She reached the semifinals in 2014, but hasn't played the event since then.

Seven-time champion Williams, currently ranked world no. 50 and looking for her first title since 2016, will be making her seventh appearance at the Western & Southern Open. She had her best result in 2012, when she made the semifinals.

'Maria and Venus are two of the greatest champions in tennis history,' said Western & Southern Open Tournament Director Andre Silva

'We look forward to both joining our world class field and are eager for the tournament to get underway next weekend.'

A Premier-5 level event, the Western & Southern Open already features a very strong player field, with the entire WTA top 10 due to appear. In addition to Sharapova, former champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Kiki Bertens have entered the Western & Southern Open. Wimbledon champion and three-time runner-up Simona Halep will also be in the field.

The men's entry list includes the 'Big Three' of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, with Andy Murray suggesting he might even make his return to singles at the Cincinnati Masters.

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Sharapova, Venus Williams receive wildcards for Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati

Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams have been granted wildcards into next month's Western & Southern Open tournament in Cincinnati, joining a field which already features the entire WTA top 10, including Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams

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