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Serena Williams announces she will play new San Jose event

Serena Williams,Naomi Osaka

FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams walks off the court after losing to Naomi Osaka at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Italian Open, saying she needs more time to be “100 percent ready to compete.” The tournament made the announcement via Twitter. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Serena Williams has committed to return to the Bay Area this summer and play in the former Stanford WTA stop that will move to San Jose State University for the first time.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, announced her plans Thursday to open the summer hard court season in San Jose - a marquee addition for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic that runs from July 30 to Aug. 5.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova committed to the event last month. U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys and 2017 Stanford singles finalist CoCo Vandeweghe also are scheduled to be in the 28-player singles field.

The tournament formerly known as the Bank of the West Classic had previously been held at Stanford.