Serena Williams to reappear in Lexington’s new Top Seed Open

The American Serena Williams will return to the field for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic starting on August 10 in the inaugural edition of the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, the WTA reported Thursday.

The youngest of the sisters Williams, 38 years old and 23 times winner of Grand Slam tournaments, has not played a game since she lost to the Latvian last February Anastasija Sevastova in the Federation Cup tie played in Everett (Washington), which the United States ended up winning.

Serena He had previously announced that he will participate in the US Open, a Grand Slam tournament that he has won five times and that will start on August 31 in New York.

At the same time that Williams, the WTA also announced the participation of its compatriot Sloane Stephens, another former US Open champion, at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, which replaces the Washington tournament, usually played at the same time as an ATP.

Last week, the WTA confirmed the addition of new tournaments to its circuit in Prague, Czech Republic, from August 10 to 16, and Lexington, bringing the provisional schedule to 21 tournaments now.

The WTA Tour, suspended since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, announced last month that it would resume in Palermo, Italy, on August 3.

The Cincinnati Masters is slated to take place in mid-August at the Flushing Meadows facility in New York, the same venue as the US Open, which will take place from August 31 to September 13.