Wimbledon: Embattled Venus Williams Through To Second Round
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Wimbledon: Embattled Venus Williams Through To Second Round

Venus Williams is through to the second round of Wimbledon following a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Elise Mertens.

The five-time champion, 37, needed five set points before taking the first set tie-break against the 21-year-old Belgian, playing her first Wimbledon.

A rain delay on Court One then halted the progress of the American 10th seed after Mertens saved two match points.

Mertens held and saved a further two match points before Williams produced an emphatic smash to secure victory.

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