Five-Time Champ Venus Out On First Day
The American, who is currently world number 58 following a disease which appears to have threatened her career, battled against Vesnina, eventually succumbing in straight sets.
“I am a great player. Unfortunately, I had to deal with circumstances that people don’t normally have to deal with in this sport,” Williams told reporters afterwards.
“But I can’t be discouraged by that… There’s no way I’m just going to sit down and give up just because I have a hard time the first five or six freakin’ tournaments back.”
Meanwhile in the men’s tournament, 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Berdych was the big loser, going down in straight sets to Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4).
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