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    In this Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, winner Serena Williams of the US, left, and runner-up Maria Sharapova of Russia, right, wait for the trophy presentation after the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.

    Tennis Greats Sharapova, Williams to Hit Silver Screen in Ocean's 8 Flick

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    Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are world-acclaimed tennis players. Now they have a chance to prove that they can strut their stuff equally well in a movie.

    The tennis superstars will briefly appear in Ocean's 8, Hollywood’s much-anticipated all-female heist comedy and a reboot of the Ocean's trilogy, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon.

    It will be the first foray onto the big screen by Russia’s five-time Grand Slam champion and the second for Williams, who starred in Beyonce’s 2016 Sorry video.

    Ocean’s 8 features Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna as the titular "eight,” and also a star-studded list of cameos which, besides the two tennis luminaries also includes Olivia Munn, Tyga, the Winklevoss twins, Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee Hilfiger, Dennis Basso, Jason Wu and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

    Ocean’s 8 will hit theaters across the United States on June 8, 2018.

    Maria Sharapova has competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions and is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam.

    She is also an Olympic medalist having earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

    Serena Williams has been ranked by the WTA world No. 1 in singles on eight occasions, from 2002 to 2017, and became the world No. 1 for the first time in July 2002.

    Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. Her record of 39 Grand Slam titles puts her third on the all-time list.

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