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Venus Williams advances in Charleston

April 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — Venus Williams came from behind to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 in a battling second round performance at the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday.

It was another long day for Williams, ranked No. 28 in the world and who needed an hour and 50 minutes to see off the South African. Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set and trailed 4-1 in the second.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has fought injuries and Sjogren’s syndrome, a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease, during the past two years. She was on the green clay in Charleston for two hours and 15 minutes on Tuesday in a three-set victory.

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