Venus, like Serena, wins after sluggish start

Richard Williams said his daughter Venus might very well win Wimbledon this year. On Tuesday, the three-time champion almost exited London after the first round.

Updated: June 26, 2007, 4:59 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Three hours before her first-round match, Venus Williams warmed up on the practice courts at Aorangi Park. While she stretched her impossibly long legs she suddenly was consumed by a series of yawns.

Williams didn't wake up until nearly four hours later.

Down a set, and serving at 0-2, 15-30, Williams somehow rallied to beat hard-hitting Russian teenager Alla Kudryavtseva. Tuesday's score -- 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 -- does not begin to describe the nearly untenable ...

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