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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Wimbledon 2011: Venus Williams fights off Kimiko Date-Krumm in third-set battle


Venus Williams’s first-set anguish (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)

Updated at 11:10 a.m.

Venus Williams held off Kimiko Date-Krumm, advancing to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 8-6 victory today.

Williams is playing in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since withdrawing from the Australian Open because of injury and there is some rust on her game.

“It’s just important to play each point and to just keep competing, keep battling,” Williams said after the nearly three-hour match. “I feel like I’m playing better than [at Wimbledon warm-up] Eastbourne. I feel like my movement is a lot better and surprisingly I’m not feeling any pain from my injury right now. That’s more than I expected.”

The match was played with the roof closed because of rain.

In another women’s match, Maria Sharapova, the fifth seed from Russia, beat Anna Chakvetadze of Russian 6-2, 6-1.

Updated at 11:07 a.m. EDT

Venus Williams holds serve and leads 7-6 in the third set.

Filed at 11:04 a.m. EDT

Playing her way back into competitive form, Venus Williams found herself in a tough, three-set fight with Kimiko Date-Krumm.

The score is 6-6 in the third set and there is no final set tiebreaker at Wimbledon.

Date-Krumm, playing like anything but a 40-year-old, won the first set 7-6 (8-6) after sprinting out to a 5-1 lead. Williams, playing in her first major since being force to withdraw from the Australian Open because of injury, took the second set 6-3.

Williams won won in straight sets Monday and, because this is Venus Williams we’re talking about, it should be pointed out that she wore a version of the same outfit she wore Monday. “It’s a jumper,” Williams said Monday. “Jumpers are very now, kind of trendy. The back is kind of, I don’t know, like a cutout or a peek-a-boo. I’m always trying to do something different and fun.”

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