Venus Williams expands her legend: at 42 she beats a rival half her age on her debut in Auckland

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Venus Williams continues to make history. At the age of 42, the American played and won her first official match since the last US Open. She was her with a hard-fought 7-6 (4) and 6-2 win over her compatriot Katie Volynes in the first round of the Auckland tournament, which she came after receiving an invite.

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In his 29th season as a pro, The former world number one is currently ranked 1,003 in the WTA rankings.

Williams fought in the first set to overcome a 21-year-old rival -113 in the world-, who came from bypassing the rankings. However, the eldest of the sisters who reigned women’s tennis for a couple of decades brought out her experience and hierarchy to win the second set by a large margin. His next rival will be the Chinese Lin Zhu, number 84 in the ranking.

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The victory over Volynes, in addition to being the first of the season, is the first since her victory in the first round of Wimbledon 2021, when she beat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Venus then lost to Tunisian Ons Jabeur and had a bye to All England.

That loss was the first of a cursed streak that included consecutive first-round eliminations in Chicago – to Taipei’s Hsieh Su Wei-, in Washington DC – to Canada’s Rebecca Marino-, in Toronto – to Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann-, in Cincinnati – against the Czech Karolina Pliskova- and the United States Open, in New York -by the hand of the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck-.

Following her appearance in Auckland, the older Williams, winner of seven Grand Slam titles, will compete in the Australian Openfirst principal of the year starting on January 16th. It will be his 22nd appearance at Melbourne Parkwhere he made his debut 25 years ago and reached the final in 2003 and 2017

Venus’ last presentation was at the US Open 2022, where in addition to playing and losing in her only presentation, she accompanied her sister Serena in doubles, who greeted the official competition in that memorable tournament held last September.

The American, former world number 1 and fired in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open, has amassed 49 titles, including five at Wimbledon and two at the US Open.

Source: EFE

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