Serena Williams advances at Wimbledon

Updated: June 21, 2011, 7:20 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WIMBLEDON, England -- Returning to Grand Slam tennis after a year out because of health problems, Serena Williams opened her Wimbledon title defense Tuesday by beating Aravane Rezai in three sets -- then burst into tears on Centre Court.

After serving her 13th ace to close a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory, Williams buried her face in her towel and sobbed from her courtside chair. She was still crying as she left the court, overcome with emotion after enduring a long layoff that included two foot ...

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