Making her 90th Grand Slam appearance, an Open Era record, Venus Williams edged Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5 4-6 6-3 on Court No.3 and advanced to the second round of Wimbledon.
Venus Williams, 41 years young, fights through an edgy final service game to defeat Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round of Wimbledon
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 29, 2021
Having saved five break points earlier in the first set, Williams prevented a tiebreak and recorded the first break of the match in the 12th game. Buzarnescu opened the second set with a 2-0 lead and hung on to it to take the match to a decider, as Williams converted none of her three break points.
The 41-year-old Williams was racing through the third set and served for the match at 5-1, but Buzarnescu saved one match point, broke the five-time Wimbledon champion and then produced a love hold to switch the momentum. At 5-3 Williams converted her third match point in a tight game that could have gone either way.
Williams’ second-round opponent will be Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who has recently won her maiden WTA title at the Viking Classic Birmingham.
Even though Williams’ clothing brand EleVen announced that she would wear the iridescent Glow Up collection in London, the American played it safe and showed up in a pure white outfit consisting of the EleVen Love to Love Top, a short-sleeve ribbed construction with side slits, an asymmetric wrap design skirt, and a basic white visor.
Buzarnescu seems to have embroidered her Lotto dress with cute little pearls pic.twitter.com/Trhh6tgYCo
— Pog’s Tennis Channel (@FoQPTennis) June 29, 2021
Buzarnescu’s classic Lotto racerback tank and skirt ensemble features an unexpected detail: sewn-in pearls on the right side of the tank.