Serena Williams to return to action in Kentucky next month

LEXINGTON (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to make her return to competition at a new hard-court tournament in Kentucky next month.

It’ll be the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s first action since playing for the United States (US) in the Fed Cup in February, before all sanctioned tennis was shut down the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours are scheduled to resume in August. The Kentucky event, called the Top Seed Open, announced on Thursday that Williams and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens will be in the field when play begins there on August 10.

Williams already has said she will enter the next scheduled Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, which is supposed to begin in New York on August 31.

United States’ Serena Williams during a Fed Cup qualifying tennis match in Everett. PHOTO: AP