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Venus Williams, a champion in more ways than one, bows out at Wimbledon

By Ava Wallace

04 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Venus Williams, a five-time singles champion at Wimbledon, was defeated in the first round by Elina Svitolina. Despite her loss, Williams was cheered on by the crowd, highlighting her popularity and influence in the sport.

WIMBLEDON, England - Appreciation for Venus Williams came in many forms over the weekend and into Monday, none more blatant than the shouts from a fawning crowd at Centre Court.

They started before a ball was struck in her first-round loss to Elina Svitolina and grew in volume and frequency after she took a nasty spill at the net 13 minutes in, screamed and clutched her already-taped right leg. Williams was briefly treated by a trainer, then got on with the match after a changeover.

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