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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Wimbledon 2011: Venus Williams returns to All England Club with a win


Venus Williams and the puffy shirt. (EDDIE KEOGH / REUTERS)

Venus Williams returned to Wimbledon for her first action in a major after a five-month absence from tennis and it was as if she had never been away.

Straight-sets victory? Check.

Interesting, Star-Trekkian fashion choice? (It’s technically a romper.) Check.

Williams, who was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open last winter because of an injury, beat Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-1 in 59 minutes — after keeping her waiting for several minutes on Court 2.

“I felt like the longer the match went on I just kept getting more comfortable and that was great,” Williams said. “These courts play so much different than Eastbourne [a grass-court tuneup in which she played last week] and it was easier for me to play my game out here and I just felt good and I just want to keep continuing and feeling like I am and playing good tennis and healthy.”

Williams’s next opponent is 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan. She beat Katie O’Brien of Britain, 6-0, 7-5.

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