On Monday, June 19, Venus Williams battled her way to an impressive WTA victory over Camila Giorgi in the Rothesay Classic.
The 43-year-old had been out of the court for six months after injuring her hamstring, but she returned last week in a loss.
However, this did not stop the world No. 697 from resuming her winning ways and scoring her first victory since 2019 over a opponent in the top 50.
Williams prevailed in all three sets, winning 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(6), with the match lasting three hours and 17 minutes.
This was only Williams’s second victory since 2021’s Wimbledon, and it was clear that it meant a lot to the tennis superstar.
“I am just so happy to be back!,” Williams said on-court postgame, beaming as the crowd showed their appreciation.
“I thought I played really well today, and she played incredible,” added Williams. “I’m so surprised she’s not No.1 in the world. There were so many moments where I thought, ‘This match is over,’ then she would hit a shot from out of nowhere.
“She pushed me to be better than what I thought I could be, and it’s great for me. I haven’t played a lot of matches, and it’s great to come through.”
“At some point, I just got used to what I was going through and tried to ignore it. I tried to get to every ball I could despite my inability to move as well”.
Williams won the third set tiebreak with a brilliant shot that brought back memories of the seven-time singles grand slam champion’s glory days on the tour.
The former No. 1 in the world came under fire at the rally. She defeated Giorgi with a superb crosscourt backhand to win the match and the third set tiebreak.
Since Jelena Ostapenko and Linda Noskova have yet to take the court, Williams will now wait to find out who she will face in the second round.