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Venus Williams: 'I have a new lease on life'

Updated: March 24, 2012, 10:48 PM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Venus Williams has played professional tennis for the past 14 years, yet now, at age 31, she's not sure of what to expect of herself.

Williams, who is returning to tennis after a six-month layoff due to Sjogren's Syndrome, passed a big test Friday night at the Sony Ericsson Open. It took more than two hours, but Williams' energy level remained high to defeat No. 3-ranked Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Williams has discussed how she's dealing with the ...

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