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Venus Williams falters again

Updated: January 13, 2014, 11:24 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- To watch Venus Williams perform her job Monday at the Australian Open was to see one of the best players in the history of the game do what she has always done.

Facing 22nd-ranked Ekaterina Makarova in a tough first-round draw, Williams ripped groundstrokes for winners, served at 117 mph and prevailed in a 13-minute game to tie the second set at 4-all.

At that point, having taken the first set 6-2, Williams looked to be in control and on the brink of a nice ...

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