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Serena Williams returns to the W&S to defend her title

Serena Williams wins her first Western & Southern Open singles championship (Photo: FOX19/Dan Wood) Serena Williams wins her first Western & Southern Open singles championship (Photo: FOX19/Dan Wood)
MASON, OH (FOX19) -

Two-time defending champion Serena Williams announced on Thursday she will return to the Mason to defend her title and maintain her No. 1 ranking in the world.

Serena, who had been undecided on her return, accepted a wild card spot to play in the Western & Southern Open.

“We are thrilled Serena is returning,” said tournament director Andre Silva. “She is a fan favorite wherever she goes, especially here in Cincinnati as the reigning champion.”

Top-seeded Williams has made three straight finals in Mason, winning the title in 2014 and 2015. She owns a 21-6 record over eight years of competing at the W&S Open.

Plays begins on Saturday with the opening round of qualifying.

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