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Alert: Venus Williams advances to second round at Wimbledon

41-year-old Venus Williams earned her 90th main draw victory at Wimbledon on Tuesday, defeating Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets.

Venus Williams Wimbledon Venus Williams (USA)

Venus Williams is off and running in her 23rd Wimbledon main draw. The five-time champion edged past Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu on No.3 Court, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to set a second-round clash with Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

Williams improves to 90-17 lifetime at the Championships – only Martina Navratilova (120-14), Serena Williams (98-12) and Chris Evert (96-15) have won more in the Open Era among the women.

Now 20-3 in first-round matches at SW19, Williams cracked ten aces and a fastest serve of 114 MPH (she holds the record for the fastest serve struck by a woman at Wimbledon, at 129 MPH in 2008).

There are 34 players aged 30 or older in this year’s Ladies’ Singles draw at Wimbledon, with Williams the oldest of them at 41. Williams has now played 90 Grand Slam main draws, more than any other player, male or female.

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