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LONDON---Venus Williams won
her first tennis match since be-
ing sued by the estate of a Florida
man who died after a car crash
police say she caused.
The 10th-seeded Williams beat
Elise Mertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 yesterday
in the first round at Wimbledon, a
tournament the American has won
Last week, Williams was sued by
the estate of a Florida man who died
13 days after a car crash. The lawsuit
came one day after Palm Beach Gar-
dens police released a report saying
Williams caused the June 9 crash.
"There are really no words to de-
scribe, like, how devastating and ...
yeah. I'm completely speechless,"
Williams said before tearing up.
On No 1 Court, Williams had to
wait through a 33-minute rain de-
lay to win her opening match. She
had two match points before the
rain came. Play was stopped with
Williams leading 5-3, 40-40 in the
When play resumed, Mertens held
serve to make it 5-4, but Williams
served out the match.
Defending champion Andy Mur-
ray also won his opening match,
beating Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4,
Murray entered the tournament
after pulling out of a pair of exhibi-
tion matches because of a sore hip.
"I was a bit nervous this morning,"
Murray said. "I hadn't been able to
do as much as I would have liked in
Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wim-
bledon champion who was injured
in a knife attack at her home in De-
cember, then beat Johanna Larsson
of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court
while Rafael Nadal defeated John
Millman of Australia 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Second-seeded Simona Halep
and No 17 Madison Keys also won.
Halep, who lost in the French Open
final, beat Marina Erakovic of New
Zealand 6-4, 6-1. Keys defeated Nao
Hibino of Japan 6-4, 6-2.
Keys, who is right-handed, was
playing for the first time since
having a second surgery on her
"It's obviously not perfect," Keys
said. "I haven't been able to do the
repetitions that ideally I would
have wanted to do, but it feels fine.
Doesn't hurt anymore. That's really
all I care about."
Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and
eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova
In the men's draw, Nick Kyrgios
retired from his first-round match
after losing the first two sets.
The 20th-seeded Australian was
trailing Pierre-Hugues Herbert of
France 6-3, 6-4 when he called for
a trainer to work on his left hip. He
then decided to stop the match.
Kyrgios also retired with an in-
jury from his first-round match at
Queen's, a Wimbledon warm-up
"I kind of knew I was in trouble. I
have been feeling my hip ever since
I fell over at Queen's. Never got it
right," Kyrgios said. "I was doing
everything I could to help it, but
just not enough time."
Two-time semifinalist Jo-Wil-
fried Tsonga also reached the second
round. The 12th-seeded Frenchman
beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-3,
Fifth-seeded Maric Cilic,
ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori and
24th-seeded Sam Querrey also
Venus Williams of the United States returns to Belgium's Elise Mertens
during their Women's Singles Match on the opening day at the Wimbledon
Tennis Championships in London yesterday. AP PHOTO
Peter Sagan of Slovakia, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Ireland's
Daniel Martin, right, and Belgium's Greg van Avermaet, left, to win the third
stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 212.5 kilometers (132 miles)
with start in Verviers, Belgium and finish in Longwy, France, yesterday.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Venus wins opening
match after lawsuit
Australian rider Richie Porte, a
contender for overall victory, showed
he's in fearsome form by powering
away from the pack in the first stages
of the climb. But Sagan was watch-
ing closely behind him and never let
Porte get too far ahead.
Sagan seemed to be cruising to vic-
tory until his right foot slipped out
of his pedal in the last few hundred
"I said to myself, 'What's happen-
ing?'" the Slovak star of the German
Bora-Hansgrohe team said.
But he quickly recovered without
losing speed, clipping his foot back
into place and holding off to the line
Michael Matthews, an Australian
with Sunweb, and Dan Martin, an
Irishman with Quickstep.
Froome was ninth on the stage,
showing no apparent side effects
from a crash on wet roads on Sun-
day that shaved skin off his buttocks.
He moved up from sixth to second
overall, 12 seconds behind Thomas.
Although a mere speed bump
compared to the mountain ascents
to come in the Alps and Pyrenees, the
uphill in Longwy, with a
short very steep section,
was testing enough to
give an early inkling of
the fitness of some of
the top riders. Porte, who
used to be a teammate of
Froome's at Sky before
switching to BMC, im-
pressed with his attack.
Other overall contend-
ers who finished in the
same group included Nai-
ro Quintana, a three-time
podium finisher, former
two-time winner Alber-
to Contador, and Romain
Bardet, runner-up last
year to Froome. A stern-
er test of their relative
strengths will come on
Wednesday on a tougher
climb to the Planche des
Belles Filles ski station.
LONGWY---Shaking off an equip-
ment glitch in the furious finish-
ing sprint, Peter Sagan bagged
his eighth career Tour de France
stage victory yesterday with an
impressive display of power and
quick-thinking on a short, sharp
final uphill dash.
Geraint Thomas of Team Sky re-
tained the yellow jersey he's held
since the opening stage in Germa-
ny, as the race swung into France,
to the former steel town of Longwy.
But he is not planning to hold onto it
for ever: The team's goal is for three-
time champion Chris Froome to be
wearing the jersey when the Tour
rolls into Paris on July 23.
Thomas and Froome got through
Stage 3 unscathed, the main goal for
them and others eyeing overall vic-
tory rather than stage wins.
The pack of riders stretched like
a piece of string into single file on
the fast, winding downhill into Long-
wy before the final climb on Nuns'
Hill that seemed tailor-made for
the strengths of Sagan, the world
Sagan wins Stage 3
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