Venus Wil­liams to play in Auck­land

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Ten­nis star Venus Wil­liams will play in the New Year’s ASB Clas­sic tour­na­ment.

The seven-time Grand Slam sin­gles win­ner will join fel­low for­mer world No 1 Ana Ivanovic and cur­rent Bri­tish No 1 Laura Rob­son at the cen­tral Auck­land ASB Ten­nis Arena.

Along with her im­pres­sive haul of Grand Slam ti­tles, Wil­liams has bagged her­self four Olympic gold medals dur­ing her 20-year ca­reer.

Tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Karl Budge says it is a great priv­i­lege to have some­one of Wil­liams’ cal­i­bre in Auck­land.

‘‘She is un­doubt­edly one of the all-time greats in women’s ten­nis,’’ he says.

‘‘It will be a once in a life- time op­por­tu­nity to watch Venus’ pow­er­ful base­line and at­tack­ing all-court game up close.’’

The ASB Clas­sic tour­na­ment runs from De­cem­ber 30 to Jan­uary 4.

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