15 Oct 2014

Venus Williams returns to Auckland

4:06 pm on 15 October 2014

The American tennis veteran Venus Williams will return for the 2015 ASB Classic in Auckland - though this year's Auckland champion, the Serb Ana Ivanovic, probably won't be coming back now.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The beaten finalist in January, Williams is back up to number 20 in the world rankings.

This year the seven-time major champion reached the third round of Wimbledon, and the 34-year-old won her 45th career title in Dubai - where she got revenge on Ivanovic.

Williams also made two WTA finals, in Montreal where she defeated her sister Serena in the semi-final, and in Quebec.