Found March 21, 2012 on Down the Line!:
There were two big returns to the court today at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Well, two and a half. First, Alisa Kleybanova. She played her first match since leaving the WTA tour 10 months ago to get treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma - and won. Next up was Venus Williams. She hadn't played a singles match since announcing she was suffering from Sjögren's Syndrome 7 months ago at the US Open. She won her opening match as well, routing Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-3. And now for the half. I say "half" not because it's half as good or anything but because it just doesn't compare to these two lady ballers coming back from these serious health conditions. But, it's worth a mention: EleVen is back, too! V broke out a new dress for her match from the relaunched 2012 Spring Collection which has evolved into more sportswear than just sports apparel. Apparently, she now has an excuse for the full-on cray she had been wearing on court as of la...

Venus Williams – Champion and “Cheagan”- in Her Own Words

Venus Williams Playing in her first singles match since announcing that she’s suffering with the auto-immune disorder Sjogren’s Syndrome, 31-year-old Venus Williams destroyed 41-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-3 on Wednesday in the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. Williams who has won 43 titles in her WTA career spoke to media about how she feels about...

Venus cruises in return to court

Venus Williams won in her first singles match since August, dispatching Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-3 at the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday. She beamed wide, raised her arms in victory, then skipped to the net to shake's Date-Krumm's hand before twirling around and pumping her arms in a celebration worthy of winning the title, not just a first match. But other than playing...

Venus upsets Kvitova at Key Biscayne

Venus Williams took a big step in her comeback Friday when she defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open. Williams is playing in her first tournament since she withdrew from the US Open in August after being diagnosed with a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease. She showed plenty of staying power against the third...

Kleybanova wins in return from Hodgkin's

Alisa Kleybanova of Russia won the first match she's played since being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last May at the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday. The 248th-ranked Kleybanova, who received a wild card into the tournament, dropped the first set to Johanna Larsson of Sweden before rebounding to secure a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. It had been 10 months since the 22-year-old Kleybanova...

Venus Williams relaunches her EleVen collection in Miami with Gabrielle Union & Serena

Venus Williams recently held a garden party to relaunch her EleVen by Venus Williams collection. The collection is inspired by the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament. The event was held at the private ocean-side tennis courts of the Bath Club in Miami Beach sister Serena and Gabrielle Union were just two of the guests for the intimate event. photos [...]
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