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Venus Williams wins at Eastbourne

Updated: June 13, 2011, 3:29 PM ET
Associated Press

EASTBOURNE, England -- Venus Williams finally beat Andrea Petkovic on Monday.

Five months after a hip injury forced her to retire against Petkovic after one game of their third-round match at the Australian Open, Williams beat the German 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in her first match back at Eastbourne to successfully open to her Wimbledon preparations.

"It felt fitting, I guess," Williams said of playing Petkovic again. "It was a great way to start it all off."

The 30-year-old Williams ...

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