Serena and Venus Williams have received a wild card to play in the Wimbledon doubles even though they are the defending champions.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
Wimbledon:Serena and Venus Williams have received a wild card to play in the Wimbledon doubles even though they are the defending champions. The curious situation developed because Venus doesn't have a doubles ranking and was not allowed to go straight into the draw. Having announced some wild cards yesterday, Wimbledon officials have to decide where to seed the sisters, but they said it was unlikely they would be No. 1. Wimbledon officials announced other wild cards yesterday with more to come before the tournament opens on June 23. Among the wild cards in women's singles was 16-year-old rising Russian star Maria Sharapova, whose on-court grunting at this week's DFS Classic grass-court tournament at Birmingham brought a warning from WTA officials. Sharapova, whose ranking is set to shoot up from 125, has beaten two seeded players at the DFS tournament to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinal. Corina Morariu, the American who is continuing her comeback after being diagnosed with leukemia, was also given a wild card. Morariu won the Wimbledon doubles title with Lindsay Davenport in 1999 before she was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2001. Among the wild cards in the men's doubles are brothers Giovanni and Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador who could be among the seeded pairs. Wimbledon's most famous wild card was Goran Ivanisevic, who won the men's singles title in 2001. (AP)