When the next Grand Slam tournament opens in early July, the women’s singles draw will feature familiar faces after Venus Williams won a wildcard spot at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Williams has won the singles championship five times in his career and was a major grass-court runner-up in 2017, two decades after his All England Club debut.
Venus Williams gets huge update for Wimbledon
When the tournament begins on July 3, it will be Williams’ 24th appearance in the singles draw.
The 43-year-old is currently ranked 697th on the WTA Tour but made a comeback by beating 48th-placed Camila Giorgi 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(6) in a thrilling match at the World Cup. Round one. at the Birmingham Classic on Monday.
The win ended the American legend’s 12-match unbeaten streak and was her first win against a player in the top 50 in nearly four years, according to ESPN. It was also only his second win since 2021.
She will face Jelena Ostapenko next Thursday in Rothesay.
Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam champion and sister of Serena Williams, a seven-time All England Club champion and a record 23 Grand Slam titles. Last year, Serena lost in the first round and soon decided to give up.
Besides five Wimbledon titles, Venus Williams has also won the US Open (tennis) twice, which she will likely participate in in 2023. She was beaten 7-5, 6-0 by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the 2017 Wimbledon final and the same result will exceed all expectations as a wildcard in 2023.