Venus Williams received her first tour-level singles match in a 12 months and a half on Monday, defeating fellow American Katie Volynets 7-6(4) 6-2 within the opening spherical of the ASB Basic in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 42-year-old Williams, who received the ASB Basic in 2015 and gained a wild card entry for this 12 months’s event, got here again from a break down within the first set in opposition to Volynets to arrange a gathering with China’s Lin Zhu within the subsequent spherical.
In a detailed first set, Volynets was serving to take an early lead within the match at 5-4, however Williams hit again by breaking her opponent to like earlier than happening to take the tie break.
She then raced right into a 5-0 lead within the second set and had the match wrapped up three video games later – her first singles victory since defeating Romania’s Mihaela Buzărnescu at Wimbledon in 2021.
“That is one in all my favourite locations to return, I used to be so excited that I made it right here … I’m blissful to get a win right this moment in opposition to an excellent opponent,” Williams, a former world No. 1 and seven-time grand slam champion, stated in her on-court interview.
Final month, it was introduced that Williams, who made her skilled debut again in 1994, had obtained a wild card for the primary draw of the upcoming Australian Open, which begins on January 16.