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Stars descend on No.1 court

LONDON (AP) – Serena Williams and Roger Federer on Centre Court.

Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic on No. 1 Court.

There’s plenty to watch on Day 5 at Wimbledon, partly because rain has affected the schedule and organizers are still trying to play catch-up.

The Williams sisters, who have won a combined 11 titles at the All England Club, should get to watch each other play Friday. Venus, seeded No. 8, is up first on Court No. 1 against 29th-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the third round. The top-seeded Serena is second on Centre Court against another American, Christina McHale, in the second round.

Venus is a five-time champion at the All England Club, but last went as far as the quarterfinals in 2010. Her career has been slowed in recent years by Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause joint pain and saps energy.

On Friday, she’ll be back on one of the bigger courts after spending Thursday winning on Court 18, one of the smaller stadiums that is still considered to be a show court.

“I’m not so much into disrespect. I’m willing to play anywhere, any time,’’ said Venus, who was asked about the lack of top men’s matches on the outside courts.

“It’s not the ideal schedule for the women. We’d like to see equal amount of matches. We don’t want more, just the same amount, that’s all.’’

Little sister Serena, a six-time Wimbledon champion and the defending champion, will be second in the main stadium.

Although Serena is the title favorite, she has lost in the Australian Open and French Open finals this year and last won a major title – her 21st – at Wimbledon last year.

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