Wildcard Venus until the second round of her 23rd Wimbledon

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Great Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the United States in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS / Toby Melville

LONDON — Five-time champion Venus Williams, playing as a wildcard in her 23rd Wimbledon, showed vintage form to beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5 4-6 6-3 to reach the second round on Tuesday.

The oldest woman in the draw at 41, Williams hadn’t won a match since reaching the second round of the Australian Open in February but has shown she is far from finishing her match. return to a favorite place.

The veteran Court Three shock, one of many postponed due to rain on Monday, was the 271st victory in a remarkable Grand Slam career for Williams and, despite 10 aces, was not easy.

The American had taken a 5-1 lead in the final set, but then faltered as Buzarnescu, 33, saved a match point and came down to 5-3.

The Romanian failed to convert three break points in the last game, but saved another match point, before Williams secured victory in the third attempt.

Williams’ next opponent will be Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-2 6-1.

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