Venus Williams wins opening match at Wimbledon
Venus Williams won her first tennis match since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.
The 10th-seeded Williams beat Elise Mertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 yesterday in the first round at Wimbledon, a tournament the American has won five times.
Last week, Williams was sued by the estate of a Florida man who died 13 days after a car crash. The lawsuit came one day after Palm Beach Gardens police released a report saying Williams caused the June 9 crash.
On Number One Court, Williams had to wait through a 33-minute rain delay to win her opening match. She had two match points before the rain came. Play was stopped with Williams leading 5-3 and at 40-40 in the second set.
When play resumed, Mertens held serve to make it 5-4, but Williams served out the match.
Defending champion Andy Murray also won his opening match, beating Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Second-seeded Simona Halep and number 17 Madison Keys also won yesterday. Halep, who lost in this year's French Open final, beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-1. Keys defeated Nao Hibino of Japan 6-4, 6-2.
Two-time semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also reached the second round. The 12th-seeded Frenchman beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori and 24th-seeded Sam Querrey also advanced.