Venus Williams Announces Debut at Special Event as Preparation for the Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 05/12/2021, 2:55 PM EDT
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Former world number one and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, who has become selective in the tournaments she chooses to participate in, has decided to play at the first WTA 250 grass-court event of the year at Nottingham, Great Britain.

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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) recently announced the entry list for the event which is supposed to take place from June 6. Along with Venus, players like Johanna Konta, Donna Vekic, and Belinda Bencic have confirmed their participation at the grass-court event.

Venus Williams of USA plays a forehand during her round of 16 match against Lauren Davis of USA at the ASB Classic on January 03, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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Venus has had a below-average 2021 season so far

The American tennis legend had retired from her opening round match against Karolina Pliskova at the ongoing Italian Open. Right from the start of her career, Venus has always been silent about her injuries and never revealed them until the last moment.

While the reason behind her Italian Open’s withdrawal is yet to be determined, it’s evident that the American is not match-ready yet. In the few tournaments Venus has played this year, she has lost in the first round itself.

However, it’s incredible to see her burning desire to compete at the highest level even after creating several records in tennis history. A five-time Wimbledon Champion, Venus will fancy her chances on grass-courts as the surface suits her playing style.

Venus Williams will make her debut at the Nottingham Open this year

This will be the American’s first-time appearance at the Nottingham Open. But the participation of Venus Williams depends on her performance at the French Open this year.

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The seven-time Grand Slam champion has an average record at Roland Garros as she has managed to reach the quarter-finals four times in her career so far. Last year at the French Open, the Slovakian tennis player Anna Karolina-Schmiedlova defeated Venus in the first round.

Venus Williams plays a forehand during her match against Serena Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Coming back to the Nottingham Open, Venus might play the doubles event as well. Her 2019 grass-court campaign started at yet another WTA 250 event at Birmingham, where she reached the quarter-finals and lost to the eventual champion, Ashleigh Barty.

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As a player who likes fast-paced conditions, Venus Williams will add more value to the tournament owing to her aggressive, all-round game play.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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