Serena Williams confirmed at Wimbledon

Two-time champion Serena Williams has overcome a lingering ankle strain and will play at Wimbledon next week.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Two-time champion Serena Williams has overcome a lingering ankle strain and will play at Wimbledon next week, joining the top 20-ranked women in the draw. Williams, who has struggled with the injury since May, missed the French Open. The All England Club's entry list, released yesterday, included the last six champions – Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova. Davenport won in 1999, followed by Venus Williams in 2000 and '01 and Serena Williams the following two years. Sharapova is the defending champion. The seeds will be announced tomorrow, with the draw on Thursday. Nadal to play On the men's side, two-time defending champion Roger Federer was confirmed along with 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt, last year's finalist Andy Roddick and 1992 champion Andre Agassi. French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the grass court Ordina Open in the Netherlands, was also on the list. American James Blake was confirmed as a wild card. Martina Navratilova was named in the women's doubles, paired with Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany. The 48-year-old American, who lost a first round singles match at the Ordina Open on Monday, played singles at last year's Wimbledon, reaching the second round. Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, was not listed in the women's singles draw. Among the men's alternates were Arnaud Clement of France, Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil and Jeff Morrison and Justin Gimelstob of the United States. The women's alternates included Jelena Dokic, who made Wimbledon history on her debut in 1999 by upsetting No. 1 Martina Hingis in the first round, Hewitt's sister Jaslyn Hewitt and Americans Lindsay Lee-Waters, Jamea Jackson, Chanda Rubin, Shikha Uberoi, Carly Gullickson and Alexandra Mueller. Moya, Gaudio withdraw Former French Open champions Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio have withdrawn citing injuries. American Mardy Fish (wrist) and two other Argentines - Mariano Zabaleta (foot) and Juan Ignacio Chela also pulled out. No reason was given for Chela's withdrawal. Serbia-Montenegro's Janko Tipsarevic, Albert Montanes of Spain, Sweden's Thomas Enqvist and Ivo Minar and Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic take their places in the draw. Argentina's Edgardo Massa (shoulder) and Spain's Albert Costa (knee) had pulled out earlier. (AP)