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Venus Williams overcame nerves to beat Kimiko Date-Krumm in their first meeting in seven months.
Venus Williams return to the courts.
The American tennis player of 31 years has not competed since the U.S. Open last year after being diagnosed with Sjogren`s syndrome, a disease of the autoimmune system. With this diagnosis came to fear that Venus could not compete again.
However it appeared in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in very good shape. Won the veteran Japanese 6-0, 6-3, advancing to the second round.
The big challenge for the seven-time winner of a Grand Slam is how your body will react to pressure from a professional tennis tournament. Venus has been pleased to have finished its first meeting in just one hour and 17 minutes.
The five-times Wimbledon champion has said he does not expect to win this competition after having been away so long. He also admitted that the nervousness was much closer to the tournament.
"It was great to come back," she said at a press conference after the meeting. "It was definitely a situation of many nerves, especially playing against an opponent that I know is talented in the first meeting. But I managed to get well, calmed down and played well."
His disease is incurable but can be controlled by the American star has made it clear that you feel confident to take up the new challenge.
"I`m not at my worst. This also helps. A person with an auto immune disease faces challenges different from other people, but does not mean it can not succeed," he added.
Venus Williams will now Petra Kvitova in the second round. The U.S. has odds of 2.75 to 1.40 win against the Czech tennis player.
Also returning is Kim Clijsters who had to work hard to win the inaugural meeting against Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova naturalized Australian. The partial of the meeting were 4-6, 6-1 and 6-0.
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