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US Open 2021 Draws: Wildcard entrant Venus Williams gets lucky, earns direct entry to main draw

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US Open 2021 Draws: Wildcard entrant Venus Williams gets lucky, earns direct entry to main draw: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams earned direct entry to the main draw of the 2021 US Open following the withdrawal of Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

Now ranked world No. 147, Williams was among the eight wild card entries anounced by the USTA last week. She was ranked world No. 112 at the entry deadline, putting her as the fourth alternate to the main draw.

Twenty-year-old Alycia Parks of Port St. Lucie, Fla. now receives the wild card initially allocated to Williams.

Williams is a two-time champion in New York, having lifted the trophy in 2000 and 2001. This year will mark her 15th consecutive US Open main draw appearance and 23rd all-time. The former World No. 1, now 41, has not missed a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2013.

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