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Venus Williams eliminated in 1st round at Wimbledon

London : United Kingdom | Jun 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM PDT
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Venus Williams Loses in Wimbledon First Round

Venus Williams lost in the first round of Wimbledon for the first time since her debut in 1997.

Five-time champion Venus Williams was eliminated 6-1, 6-3 by 79th-ranked Elena Vesnina of Russia at Wimbledon .

Williams lost the first five games Monday. She put up more of a fight in the second set but was broken in the sixth game when she missed a forehand. Vesnina clinched the match with a service winner.

Williams, who has fallen to 58th in the rankings, has been battling Sjogren's Syndrome, an energy-sapping disease that forced her to sit out five months before returning to the courts earlier this year.

Still, Williams said she'll be at the London Olympics next month and is "planning" to be back at Wimbledon next year.


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