WUHAN, China - Victoria Azarenka has been granted a wildcard for the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, the tournament organisers have confirmed.
The 29-year-old is the WTA World No.80 but only returned to playing on the Tour regularly in March after a prolonged absence due to maternity leave.
She has, however, been granted an automatic entry into the Premier 5 event, which is entering its fifth edition and begins on September 23.
The former WTA World No.1 has been given several wildcards for high-profile events in recent weeks, having been named as one of eight players to go straight into the draw for the US Open along with fellow Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Azarenka’s current ranking would have been enough to grant her an automatic place in the draw for 2018’s final major, but she was outside the Top 100 in July, when the direct acceptance list was made.
Meanwhile, the Belarusian has also been given a wildcard for the Tianjin Open, which begins of October 8.
A winner of 20 WTA titles, including two Australian Open crowns, her best result since returning to action was a semifinal in Miami, in which she was beaten in three sets by Sloane Stephens. She has also reached the second week at Wimbledon and has scored four Top 20 wins.
The field for Wuhan is one that is packed with talent. All of the current Top 10 players in the world are scheduled to play the event, including defending champion Caroline Garcia, two-time winner Petra Kvitova and World No.1 Simona Halep.
There are 43 direct entries into the tournament of 56, plus eight qualifiers and five wildcards.
As yet, Azarenka is the only confirmed wildcard entry.