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Venus Williams survives late surge

Updated: May 5, 2012, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Venus Williams held off a late surge by Simona Halep to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (6) in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

The seven-time major winner hit three aces and broke the Romanian twice en route to taking the first set.

But Halep rallied to take the second set before Williams finally edged her out in the tiebreaker.

"On the last match point I went for it. I wanted to leave it all out there on the court," said Williams, playing just her third tournament ...

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