Venus Williams recovered from a shaky start to beat 40-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-7 6-3 8-6 in a thrilling second-round match at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Date-Krumm surged into a 5-1 lead under the Centre Court roof and although American Williams fought back to force a tiebreak, the Japanese won it 8-6 on her fifth set point.
Williams, five-times Wimbledon champion but seeded 23rd this year following injury problems, improved as the match wore on but Date-Krumm refused to lie down.
Williams made the decisive break in the 14th game of the final set, clinching victory when Date-Krumm sent a backhand wide.
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