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Venus Williams granted wild card to compete at Montreal's National Bank Open

Venus Williams Venus Williams - The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Venus Williams will be competing at the National Bank Open in August.

Tennis Canada announced Monday that the 43-year-old has received a wild-card entry into the main draw of the tournament.

It will be the former No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion's 12th appearance at the event, with her best result being a final appearance in 2014 after defeating her sister Serena.

The top-20 wild card that Williams was awarded is reserved for players who were either former World No. 1's, ranked inside the top 20 in 2022, or have previously won a Grand Slam, WTA Finals, or a WTA 1000 tournament in singles.

This is the second wild card given for this year’s tournament, with Caroline Wozniacki being the other.

The remainder of the entry list will be revealed on Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2023.