Venus Williams wins opening match at Wimbledon

Posted at 11:57 AM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 11:57:16-04

LONDON (AP) —  Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams won her opening match at the All England Club, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Williams was playing for the first time since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.

Williams, who was playing on grass for the first time this year, is seeded 10th at the tournament she last won in 2008.

She reached the semifinals last year.