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Venus Williams to make Birmingham debut

Venus Williams to make Birmingham debut
By Reuters

10/06/2019 at 16:48Updated 10/06/2019 at 16:52

Five-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will play in the Birmingham grasscourt event later this month, which will be shown live on Eurosport, after accepting a wildcard.

The American, 38, has never played in the competition before but will join French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and world number one Naomi Osaka in the draw as the build-up to Wimbledon continues.

"I'm really excited to be playing in Birmingham for the first time. I always love playing on grass in front of British crowds and have heard wonderful things about the tournament," the seven-times Grand Slam singles champion said.

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Briton Johanna will take to the grass at Birmingham following her amazing run to the French Open semi-finals.

Czech Petra Kvitova, a double Wimbledon champion, is also playing, but Spain's former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has withdrawn because of a left leg injury.

The tournament runs from June 15-22, and will be shown live on Eurosport.