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Wimbledon: Williams sisters happy as women take centre stage

PICTURED: Venus Williams

VENUS WILLIAMS said she was "overjoyed" that the Wimbledon organisers gave women the spotlight on the tournament's main show courts on Wednesday, reports Reuteurs.

Five of the seven matches on Centre Court and Court No. 1 on day three were women's singles.

"I was really overjoyed when I saw the schedule for today. We have a lot of equal play on the main courts in the other three Grand Slams," the American veteran said.

"It was just fantastic to see Wimbledon also follow suit. It's wonderful to hopefully have that continue, to have equal for the men and the women."

Wimbledon has faced criticism in the past for sending top women's seeds, including 38-year-old Venus and younger sister Serena, out to the smaller courts.

While the club said there has not been a change in policy, women's matches have outnumbered men's on the biggest courts so far at this year's tournament.

Seven-time champion Serena beat Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova on Centre Court on Wednesday, having opened on Monday against Arantxa Rus on Court One.

She shared her sister's sentiments, and said: "I think it's wonderful. For so many years it was just two men's, one women's.

"Now it's several women out there playing. I think it's a great opportunity. Just really proud to be here and play at a tournament that can recognise that."

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