Latest 9 Nov 2015

Venus Williams returns to Top 10 for first time since 2011

Venus Williams returns to Top 10 for first time since 2011

Venus Williams has had the perfect end to her 2015 season claiming the season ending Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.  The win, incredibly her 48th Career title, propels the American great back inside the world’s top ten for the first time since 2011.

The former world number one started the China tournament ranked 11th and finished in 7th.  She has become the oldest top 10 player since 1995 when Martina Navratilova (38 years old) was the last female player to achieve that feat.

Williams was gunning for her third WTA title of the year in Zhuhai, having already conquered Auckland’s ASB Classic and Wuhan. This is the first time since 2008 that Williams has secured three WTA titles to her name. She backed those titles up with semi-finals runs in Doha and Hong Kong and Quarter finals at the Australian Open and US Open. 

The elder of the dominant Williams sisters first broke into the World’s Top Ten 17 years ago.  It will be her 555th week inside the Top Ten – incredibly more than 80% of her professional career.

ASB Classic organisers are delighted that Venus Williams is confirmed to return to the ASB Classic in 2016 to defend her title in January.

“It’s great to see Venus in such great form and finishing the 2015 on a high.  She said at the start of the year she wanted to return to the Top Ten and in true Venus form she has achieved that” said ASB Classic Tournament Director, Karl Budge. 

“We are thrilled that we could play our part in Venus’ return and look forward to welcoming her back to defend her title in January.” Continued Budge.

The Zhuhai tournament featured three former WTA World number ones including Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic as well asUS Open runner-up Roberta Vinci, along with WTA Rising Stars Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, and Elina Svitolina. Also competing in Zhuhai was Carla Suarez Navarro, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Zheng Saisai. 

Two more confirmed players for the 2016 ASB Classic will be announced on 11 November. The all new ASB classic kicks off on the 4th of January with the women's field followed by then men's on the 11th of January bringing the best of international tennis to Auckland across two weeks.