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Venus Williams reaches 2nd round at Wimbledon
Last Updated: 2017-07-03 00:00 | Xinhua
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Five-time champion Venus Williams fought off tenacious challenge from debutante Elise Mertens of Belgium to win the first round match at Wimbledon here on Monday.

The 37-year-old Williams, who won here for the last time in 2008, took one hour and 40 minutes to win 7-6 (7), 6-4. The former world No. 1 will next play China's world No. 55 Wang Qiang.

The match was interrupted by rain when Williams led 5-3 in the second set. Mertens, 20, managed to hold her serve to put it 4-5 before Williams served for the victory.

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