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Venus Williams returns after fall but loses at Wimbledon

By- USA NATIONAL POST

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A standing ovation welcomed Venus Williams as she reached Centre Court for her 24th Wimbledon match at the age of 43.

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She walked to her sideline seat while stretching a green exercise band with both hands high overhead.

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When her match against Elina Svitolina in the first round got underway, Williams played like an older version of herself. 

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Williams, a former No. 1 who was only 22 before suffering a series of injuries, is currently ranked outside the top 500.

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Svitolina was just 2 years old in 1997, the year Williams made her Wimbledon debut, and 5 years old in 2000, the year Williams won the competition for the first time.

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Williams also won the All England Club championships in 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2008, along with two solo US Open crowns. 

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There were 33 unforced mistakes as well, which is 18 more than Svitolina. In that category, Williams' total included eight double faults.