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Venus, Lucie Safarova win in Dubai

Updated: February 17, 2014, 9:05 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Venus Williams made good on the wild card she received into the Dubai Championships by posting a 6-3, 6-2 first-round win over Elena Vesnina of Russia on Monday.

The 48th-ranked Williams made her first appearance in Dubai since she won her second straight title here in 2010. She'd missed the last three years either because of injury or Sjogren's syndrome.

"I definitely don't take for granted any win anymore," Williams said. "Not that I used to because ...

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