Venus Williams, at 42, has announced she will play her first singles match in almost a year at the National Bank Open in Toronto, which begins on August 5.

Williams accepted a wildcard invitation into the main draw and will join her sister Serena at the event.

Venus Williams has not played a singles match since the Chicago Women’s Open last August, where she lost in the first round to Hsieh Su-Wei.

She made her debut in the event in 1995 as a 15-year-old wild-card entry, losing to Sabine Appelmans in the opening round.


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