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In her first Grand Slam match since revealing she suffers from an autoimmune disorder, Venus Williams held off an early charge from teenager Paula Ormaechea to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 and advance to the second round at the French Open.
The win was nothing new for the 31-year-old Williams; she's 53-3 in her career in opening-round matches at Grand Slams. With such steady play, her early matches at major tend to be more notable for her fashions rather than her forehand. By that measure, her Sunday in Paris was a double victory.
Venus took to Court Phillipe Chatrier in a flattering white dress with colored, asymmetrical stripes. It's a design from her clothing line, eleVen.
Venus made worldwide headlines during her last visit to Roland Garros when she wore a racy can-can dress that looked more like a nightie than a Grand Slam outfit.
Venus could face No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round.
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