Venus Williams reveals what prompted her to enter Wimbledon last-minute

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Venus Williams reveals what prompted her to enter Wimbledon last-minute

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams revealed she had no plans to compete at Wimbledon but everything changed after she arrived to The All England Club. Williams, 42, came to London to support her sister Serena Williams, who was playing her first singles tournament in 12 months.

Once Venus Williams stepped on the grounds of The All England Club, she became motivated to pick up a racket and play. Since Williams missed out on the entry for the women's singles and doubles events, she could only enter the mixed doubles event.

Williams reached out to British doubles star Jamie Murra, who accepted her offer. Wimbledon gave Williams and Murray a main draw wildcard and they made a winning start on Friday as they saw off Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-3.

Williams on entering Wimbledon last-minute

"I had no plan to play. I saw the grass and I got excited (smiling). I was even at the French, I had to work, but I wasn't there - I was at the French Open, it's a beautiful event, but my heart didn't beat the same way.

Not that I could play but," Williams said, per Tumaini Carayol. "I had no plans. That's why I was asking him last minute. He just had a baby, too, so I know there's a lot going on. Definitely I couldn't have guessed that I would be here right now, taking it at the last minute.

I haven't played in a year so you don't know what you're going to get. Practice is so much different from a match. It's not easy physically or mentally or anything. Just at the last it was like, 'Oh my God, wow,.'

I just not only played a match but won a match. I'm never like that kind of player. I always expect to win. But when I sat there, we wanted to win, but when I sat there at the end, it was like real. Yeah, I felt something in my heart."

Williams and Murray play Alicia Barnett and Jonny O'Mara in the Wimbledon round-of-16.