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Tennis: Venus Williams brings back memories of former glory

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:56 AM
 
Venus Williams of U.S. returns the ball to Petra Martic of Croatia during their women's singles match at the Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha, on Feb 10, 2014. Venus Williams, who won the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) season-end championships here six years ago, made a winning start to the Qatar Open which brought back great memories at a familiar venue. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DOHA (AFP) - Venus Williams, who won the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) season-end championships here six years ago, made a winning start to the Qatar Open which brought back great memories at a familiar venue.

The 33-year-old seven-time Grand Slam winner overcame both a blustery wind and Petra Martic, only the second Croatian woman to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam event, 6-2, 6-2.

Williams struck 15 clean winners with her uncompromising ground strokes, and although she did not land her first serve as frequently as she might have liked, often advanced threateningly to the forecourt, scoring ten times with volleys.

"It's windy and, you know, it's winter in the desert, and the weather can be a little up in the air, so I was just happy to keep the errors down," said Williams who believes that if she can do that regularly she will still beat top level players.

 
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