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Venus victory tour? It could happen

Williams has the look of a U.S. Open sentimental favorite -- but Kerber awaits

Updated: August 30, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It's just a gut feeling. Nothing more. But watching Venus Williams' opening-round win Tuesday at the U.S. Open, it felt like she moved one match closer and one upset win away from becoming one of those rollicking, rolling sentimental favorites who have hijacked this tournament before.

Jimmy Connors did it in his dotage. Sampras and Agassi, Evert and Navratilova all became the storyline in their career twilights, too. And much like them, except for far different reasons, ...

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