Wimbledon 2021: Venus Williams records 90th Grand Slam as she defeats Mihaela Buzarnescu to reach the second round

Venus Williams recorded her 90th Grand Slam appearance with a three-set victory, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 over Mihaela Buzarnescu at Wimbledon tournament day 2 on Tuesday.

Five-time champion at the All England Club, Venus Williams first played the Wimbledon in 1997 and made her 23rd appearance at the major tournament. With 10 aces and 33 winners, she defeated her 160th ranked opponent from Romania and got her first Wimbledon singles victory since 2018.

In her first match of the year on the grass court, 41 years old became the first player to feature in 90 Grand Slams in the open era and saved five break points in the first set to pull ahead. She got over eight double-faults and deleted 13 out of 15 breakpoints that she faced.

She led the first set 7-5 followed by a fightback where Buzarnescu faced Williams forcefully by winning the second round 6-4 but the American professional succeeded as she dominated the final set 6-3. Former world number one Williams’ whose recent victory at the grass-court was in 2008, celebrated her win with her family pirouette.

Now ranked 111th Venus Williams, who has won the grass-court tournament five times, will face Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the next round as the 21st seed overcame Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-2 6-1 in the opening round.



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