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Wimbledon | Venus recovers from a poor opener

Wimbledon | Venus recovers from a poor opener

VENUS Williams battled into the third round of Wimbledon and then spoke of her role in earning women equal prize money on the 50th anniversary of Open tennis.

The evergreen 38-year-old defeated unseeded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1 on No. Court in her bid for a sixth All England crown ten years on from her last triumph.

I'm happy I won. As long as I walk away at the end with a win, that's the goal Venus Williams

The American said: “I haven’t thought about the pride level. I think it’s just about being able to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

“Tennis will go on long after I’m done. I just want to see the sport rise, not just women or men, but just tennis in general.

“It’s wonderful to see women rise, and I’d like to see these tournaments just get bigger and better.”

Williams  stepped up after being edged out in the opening set to blitz her opponent in the second and third.

She said:” I’m happy I won. As long as I walk away at the end with a win, that’s the goal.”

Did she think it more difficult to come back from a set down or to maintain her momentum after taking the second?

Williams said:  “It just takes mental skill for both, to be honest. Ideally, it’s two sets. If it’s not two sets, then go to Plan B.”

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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