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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Venus exits Wimbledon early

26th June 2012

The five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams lost her opening match at this year's tournament.

Williams lost in straight sets to Russian player Elena Vesnina 6-1 6-3 in a shock defeat. It is only the second time the American player has lost in the first round of Wimbledon and could be a sign that the 32-year-old may be losing her winning touch.

Yet, Williams dismissed claims that she may now retire from the sport.

"There's no way I'm going to sit down and give up. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself, it doesn't feel good. I'm going to use the time to feel positive. I love this sport," said the player.

There have been a number of injury worries in recent months for Williams and she was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome - which causes joint pain. The condition forced her to miss the 2011 US Open and her world ranking fell to 134.

However, Williams is hoping to return to SW19 next month to take part in the London 2012 Games and Wimbledon fans will still be able to see her in action with her sister in the doubles tournament.

In the men's draw defending champion Novak Djokovic and six-time winner Roger Federer both put in straight set winning performances. Although, the number six seed Tomas Berdych did suffer a shock defeat. The Czech Republic player lost to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

There was success for British player Heather Watson who won her first ever Wimbledon match yesterday 6-2 6-1 on the famous centre court.

Both Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are in action today as they start on their Wimbledon challenge. There are still tickets available every day for the tournament so anyone staying at central London hotels over the next two weeks may be tempted to head for SW19 to soak up the pre-Olympic atmosphere.


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