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Jun
11

Venus Williams stepped up her Wimbledon preparations by beating Andrea Petkovic 7-5 5-7 6-3 at the Aegon International at Eastbourne.

Venus Williams

The five-time Wimbledon champion has slipped to number 32 in the world after a run of injuries but looked in strong form to move past eighth seed Petkovic. Williams, 31 this week, grew in stature as the match wore on but did hit three double faults on her way to victory. She will now face either Ana Ivanovic or Julia Goerges in the second round. Petkovic was Venus’s opponent when she retired with a hip injury from January’s Australian Open and showed her class by winning a close second set. “I was falling down every other point, coming back from such a long layoff, competing against someone who’s been playing so well in the last 12 months.

“I was extremely excited to come back with the win. More than anything I was just really extremely excited to have the opportunity to play another match.”

 

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