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Jeremy Chardy

Venus still rising in Miami Open

The white hair beads are long gone but surprisingly, Venus Williams is still here. When Williams made her debut in Miami in 1997, she was a sinewy, 6-foot-1 beanpole with flailing arms that cracked powerful strokes that had never been seen before on the women's tour. Ranked 110th, Williams was ousted in the third round by then No. 1 Martina Hingis. A year later she took her second of 46 titles, but first of three in Miami with the last coming in 2001. Williams went on to win seven Grand Slam singles titles, five at Wimbledon, while persevering through personal tragedies such as the murder of her half sister and Sjogren's Syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes fatigue...

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