Sister Act

Two of the most recognisable and successful sporting figures of this generation will be gracing the grass courts of Devonshire Park this week.

Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams are both set to compete in the main draw of AEGON International and vie for the singles title and the winners cheque.

While the prize money will be of minor significance to the siblings who have amassed a combined career total of more than $60m the event will provide the perfect opportunity for the pair to fine tune their grass court game in the time for the Wimbledon Championships.

It will also give the Eastbourne public a chance to witness first hand the power and guile that has enabled them to dominate women’s tennis in the modern era.

Venus, 30, has won 43 career titles titles during a 15-year career while younger sister Serena has powered her way to an impressive 12 grand slams.

Injuries and illness have hampered their tennis careers of late but few people would bet against one of the them holding aloft the AEGON International Women’s singles title come next Saturday.

The Williams’ sisters will be joined in the main draw by French Open winner Na Li of China and beaten finalist and world number five Francesca Schiavone of Italy. World number three Vera Zonereva is also expected to go deep into the ladies draw along with glamourous Serbian player Ana Ivanovic.

Former Wimbledon finalist France’s Marion Bartoli is also one to watch on grass while 2008 Eastbourne champion Agnieska Radwanska of Poland will be hoping the grass of Devonshire Park can inspire her to another victory.

The main attraction in the men’s draw is former Wimbledon champion and world number one Lleyton Hewitt (pictured left).

The 30-year-old Aussie continues his rehabilitation from injury after withdrawing from last week’s French Open.

He is expected to face stiff competition for the title from Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga while last year’s champion Michael Llodra will be back to defend his crown.

Former British number one Greg Rusedski, French crowd pleaser Henri Leconte and ex-Wimbledon champs Martina Hingis and Jana Novotna will feature in Sunday’s legends event.