"...nothing should stand in my way of making my Zurich debut." Serena claims.
Wildcard für Serena Williams in Zurich
The line-up for the Zurich Open goes from strength to strength, with the seven-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams having been awarded the first of the Tier 1 tournament’s three wildcards.
As a result of injuries, the younger Williams is currently 88th in the Sony Ericsson world rankings, yet her recent showing at the US Open proves that she’s still an honorary member of the world’s top 10. The 25-year-old American asked the Zurich tournament director Beat Ritschard for a wildcard to the $1.34 million event. “We are delighted to grant Serena her request,” said Ritschard. “With her power, she has been a major factor in the women’s game for several years, and if she hadn’t suffered various injury problems, she would still be among the world’s top players.”
Williams topped the world rankings for 57 weeks and completed her “Serena Slam” at the Australian Open in 2003, when she held all four major titles. But this year she has played just four tournaments, the latest coming at the US Open in New York where she was beaten in three sets by the world No 1 Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round. The last time Williams lifted a trophy was 20 months ago when she beat her fellow-American Lindsay Davenport 2-6 6-3 6-0 in the final of the 2005 Australian Open to claim her seventh Grand Slam singles title.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to the Zurich Open,” Williams said in a statement. “Up to now I’ve always had injuries which have stopped me playing, but now nothing should stand in the way of making my Zurich debut.” Though it’s Williams’s first time in the singles main draw, she has played in the qualifying tournament, losing in 1997 to the Belgian Dominique van Roost. She also has a Zurich title to her name, having won the doubles with her sister Venus in 1998.