Venus fights back to beat 40-year-old Date-Krumm

Venus Williams of the US in action during the match against Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon. (AP)

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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