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Venus returns with victory at Eastbourne

2011-06-14 03:16:02 GMT2011-06-14 11:16:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot during her first round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany at 2011's AEGON International in Eastbourne, Britain June 13, 2011. Williams won 2-1. (Xinhua/Chen Hongbo)

Venus Williams of the United States falls down during her first round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany at 2011's AEGON International in Eastbourne, Britain June 13, 2011. Williams won 2-1. (Xinhua/Chen Hongbo)

Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot during her first round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany at 2011's AEGON International in Eastbourne, Britain June 13, 2011. Williams won 2-1. (Xinhua/Chen Hongbo)

Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot during her first round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany at 2011's AEGON International in Eastbourne, Britain June 13, 2011. Williams won 2-1. (Xinhua/Chen Hongbo)

EASTBOURNE, England, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Venus Williams ended her five-month break with a three-set victory over Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 at the Eastbourne WTA grass court on Monday.

"It felt fitting, I guess," Williams, 30, said of playing Petkovic again. "It was a great way to start it all off."

Williams began the match with two double-faults and she made a series of unforced errors, particularly off the forehand side.

She wasted three match points in the final game and saved a break-back point before finally taking it when Petkovic went wide with a forehand.

In other matches, third-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 7-6 (2), while fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova recovered from a slow start to defeat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Williams' sister Serena will make her return to action after nearly a year out against Tsvetana Pironkova on Tuesday. She could then face top-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

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