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London (dpa) - While keen on her chances for a possible fourth Wimbledon title, Venus Williams seems to be hinting at a possible retirement when her inactive sister Serena finally packs in her career.

Serena, a 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon champion, has not played in more than six months as recurring injuries and a possible move to show business career reportedly dominate her life.

With Serena saying she will return to play later in the summer, reports of the impending retirement of the number 104 from Florida are also in the wind.

And Venus admits she'd like to to out at the same time as her younger sister, winner of seven Grand Slams.

"I'd have to be my own person obviously, but I think I'd like it if we retired together," said the sixth seed who has yet to play a match on grass this season.

"That would be cool. It's not really in the frame right now," she added.

Venus said she misses her sibling around the grounds of the Al England club: "I'd love for her to be here. It's just so much more fun, so much more jolly, so many more good times. We're a team.

"But you can't have everything. I've had her here so many years, she's had me. You know, I think looking towards the summer, she'll be coming back, playing obviously good tennis. It will be nice."

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Brit hope Murray avoiding the pressure of doubles

London (dpa) - As the focus of home attention during the Wimbledon Championships fortnight, teenaged Andy Murray is trying to ease the huge pressure by staying away from doubles. 

The 19-year-old remains the hope of a nation which last produced a men's Wimbledon champion 70 years ago. But with enough on his plate in singles - and dodgy fitness which has plagued him throughout the past year of his breakthrough - he will focus his energies.

Until last week's Nottingham quarter-final, Murray had gone out in the first round in five of seven tournaments.

"At Wimbledon, doubles is best-of-five sets," he said. "If you've just played a four-and-a-half hour singles match, you don't really want to go and play doubles afterwards."

Copyright 2006 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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