Venus Williams Wins Opening Round of Wimbledon 2011
Back from injury, William's takes down 97th-ranked Akgul Amanmuradova
Venus Williams is back in full-effect at Wimbledon 2011: The tennis great took down 97th-ranked Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-1, and appeared to be strong coming off an injury.
Williams is now set to face off with Kimiko Date-Krumm from Japan, who is the oldest woman in the tournament at the age of 40, and is happy to be back on the court and feeling good:
"It's always great to be back," Williams said. "To play a few matches at Eastbourne helped me feel pretty comfortable here. All in all, I'm pretty pleased. I only see pluses for today. I missed being out here playing."
While Amanmuradova is a tough opponent, with the same height and power as Williams, she doesn’t have the experience of Williams, who didn’t commit a single unforced error in the second set. Williams’ overall record at the All England Club now stands at 69 – 9. She is ranked 30th in the world but is the 23rd seed at Wimbledon because of her past wins. Venus Williams last won the tournament in 2007.
Anyone who doubts Venus or Serena soon finds out why the Williams family dominates tennis unlike any other in history. As this era comes to an end, we can only wonder if there will be another generation of great black tennis talent in America. Perhaps they should check South Central L.A.