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Venus under way with win over Mertens

The 37-year-old American has had a stressful build-up to the tournament after police last week blamed her driving for a fatal motoring accident in Florida that led to the death of a 78-year-old man. A nervous Mertens struggled early, going 3-0 down in the first set, but the 21-year-old, ranked 54th in the world, battled...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 3, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 3, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Venus under way with win over Mertens
Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 3, 2017   USA’s Venus Williams celebrates winning the first round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens    REUTERS/Toby Melville

Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 3, 2017 USA’s Venus Williams celebrates winning the first round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens REUTERS/Toby Melville

The 37-year-old American has had a stressful build-up to the tournament after police last week blamed her driving for a fatal motoring accident in Florida that led to the death of a 78-year-old man.

A nervous Mertens struggled early, going 3-0 down in the first set, but the 21-year-old, ranked 54th in the world, battled back to force a tiebreak which Williams won 9-7.

Williams, who last won Wimbledon in 2008, was unable to convert two match points in the second set before a rain break, but she returned to serve out for victory. -Reuters

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