Serena and Venus Williams Wimbledon 2016

Venus Williams joins sister Serena in confirming her plans for Wimbledon

Venus Williams has confirmed her own Wimbledon plans after sister Serena accepted a wild card to play the event.

As a five-time champion at SW19, Venus Williams would have been similarly well-positioned to be granted a wild card, but she has confirmed she will not be playing.

It will mark just the second time since her debut in 1997 that Wimbledon has gone ahead without Venus Williams in the women’s singles draw.

“No I’m not playing but I’ll be watching, I’ll be watching Serena,” Venus Williams said on Instagram.

“I’ve been getting a lot of encouraging messages and I hope though that Serena playing at Wimbledon will help you with your Williams fix.”

Venus played Wimbledon last year, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round before being defeated by Ons Jabeur, who will be partnering sister Serena in the doubles at Eastbourne.

Her only match since then has been a first-round defeat to Su-Wei Hsieh in the opening round of Chicago last August.

Serena looked unlikely to play until his week when she revealed she was in the UK to play at Wimbledon and Eastbourne. Although she was granted a wild card, she also could have used her protected ranking to get entry if she had made the decision earlier.

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