Venus Williams is about to make her twenty fourth look within the singles draw at Wimbledon after the 43-year-old American was given a wild-card entry Wednesday.
Williams is a five-time Wimbledon singles champion and was a finalist on the grass-court main in 2017, 20 years after her debut on the All England Membership.
Ranked 697th, Williams beat Forty eighth-ranked Camila Giorgi 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6) on Monday on the Birmingham Traditional. It was her first victory over a participant within the prime 50 in almost 4 years, ending a 12-match dropping streak.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion subsequent performs Jelena Ostapenko on the Wimbledon warmup.
Williams’ youthful sister Serena is a seven-time Wimbledon champion. She misplaced within the first spherical eventually 12 months’s match and shortly after introduced her choice to step away from tennis.
Ukrainian participant Elina Svitolina and British gamers Heather Watson and Katie Boulter have been additionally given wild playing cards. Svitolina reached the French Open quarterfinals following a maternity break earlier than struggling a loss to Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in her return to grass at Birmingham earlier this week.
David Goffin, a Belgian who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2019 and 2022, was among the many males given wild playing cards. 4 wild playing cards, two every for women and men, have but to be introduced.
Wimbledon begins July 3.
The Related Press and Reuters contributed to this report.