WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Second-ranked Serena Williams will start her 2017 deteriorate and Australian Open buildup during a ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, organizers reliable Tuesday.
The 22-time Grand Slam singles leader had already announced that she would skip a Hopman Cup churned teams contest in Perth, that has mostly been a pivotal partial of her lead-up to a initial Grand Slam of a season.
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Williams hold a tip singles ranking for 186 weeks, until a American was recently overtaken by Angelique Kerber. Williams’ sister, Venus, has played a Auckland contest for a past 3 years and won a singles pretension in 2015.
In a statement, Serena Williams pronounced a ASB Classic “can unequivocally set we adult for a good run in Melbourne, and we will be looking to start my year strongly in Auckland.”
Earlier this week, a universe No. 2 withdrew from a Wuhan Open and China Open, a dual biggest events left on a WTA news before a WTA Finals in late October, citing a shoulder damage that tormented her during a Rio Olympics and a US Open.
Williams is scheduled to play a year-end championships in Singapore, an eventuality she has won 5 times.
Information from ESPN’s Matt Wilansky was used in this report.