Naomi Osaka (Picture by Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Pictures)
4-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters was amongst 4 principal title winners given wildcards Thursday into the WTA self-discipline for a US Open tuneup occasion subsequent month in New York.
The 37-year-old Belgian was joined contained contained within the wildcard self-discipline for the Western and Southern Open by Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Individuals Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Caty McNally.
The occasion, usually staged in Cincinnati two weeks earlier to the US Open, was moved to Flushing Meadows and may presumably be carried out August 20-28 contained all by the Nationwide Tennis Coronary coronary heart bubble with out spectators due to coronavirus pandemic.
US Open play will start there on 31 August.
Clijsters, a mom of three, returned to the WTA Tour this yr after retiring in 2012. She was ousted in her first match at Dubai in February and in Monterrey in March.
She had first retired in 2007 previous to making a comeback in 2009, when she gained the primary of back-to-back US Open titles to affiliate collectively alongside together with her first in 2005.
Former world important Clijsters furthermore captured the 2011 Australian Open and in 2017 was inducted into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame with 41 singles titles.
Osaka, 22, gained the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open. The 10th-ranked star was listed on account of the highest-paid feminine athlete on the planet by Forbes journal in Would possibly.
Stephens, 27, was a shock winner of the 2017 US Open after an 11-month absence as a consequence of an correct foot harm that seen her rating plunge to 957th on the planet.
Venus Williams, 40, has gained seven Grand Slam titles and 49 occupation occasions full. The sooner world important grew to stage out into solely the sixth lady to grasp 800 all-time match wins.
McNally, 18, was a Washington semi-finalist remaining yr and took 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams to some fashions lastly yr’s US Open.