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Tennis: Venus passes error-filled opening test in Auckland Classic

Published on Dec 30, 2013 8:48 PM

AUCKLAND (AFP) - Former world No.1 Venus Williams battled into the second round of tennis' Auckland Classic on Monday, with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) win over Czech wild card Andrea Hlavackova.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion began confidently but could not dominate Hlavackova, ranked 134 in the world, even though she never looked like losing the match.

"I knew it was going to be tough and I was really glad to close it out," she said.

Williams, now ranked 47, is seeking to rejoin the game's elite after two years marred by auto-immune disease and injury,

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