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Re: Birmingham: WC for Venus

That looks to me like a net gain for the tournament.
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I've always been kind of surprised Venus never played Birmingham after the longer gap between RG and W. Great to see her there.
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Yasss Vee I'm going next week and I'd love to see her play. What a huge boost for the tournament

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YASSS totally going now.

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Re: Birmingham: WC for Venus

Going to go with some friends, + bonus now
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Crazy to think that a 5-time Wimbledon champ has only ever played 3 other grass court tournaments in her 25 year career: Eastbourne 2011, 1998, and 1997 (where she played her first ever match on grass courts and handed out a double bagel ).

This is a tough entry list though and she's still lacking in matches so I am not expecting anything unless she's healthy, but I love the intent she's showing by entering!
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1st round loss here we come!!
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As she's gotten older, I would think she would need a warmup to get used to the grass a bit more. Over the years, she has shown she didn't need a warmup to be successful at Wimbledon though...
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Nice to know she's actually going to practice on grass before Wimbledon this year instead of the US hardcourts she usually practices on. Venus needs some quick points if she wants to go to the Olympics btw so that's why I see her playing this.

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I've always been kind of surprised Venus never played Birmingham after the longer gap between RG and W. Great to see her there.

She's generally disliked playing a lead up so close to any of the majors. The exception for a bit was New Haven at her peak.



I'm glad she's taken this WC though.
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Great news for the tournament. With the added week of grass and not going deep in Paris, it makes perfect sense for her to turn up for some matches.
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Proud of her commitment to realize this is necessary to contend for Wimbledon and to gain points for Tokyo.

Venus can still upset many of the top players, especially if her arm/elbow injury has healed.
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