Venus Williams Returns Today In Miami; Kleybanova Gets First Win After Cancer Battle
by Staff | March 21st, 2012, 9:14 am

Venus Williams is schedule to make her return to tennis this afternoon in Miami. The former No. 1 hasn’t played tennis since the US Open when she revealed she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

After months of rehab and recover, Venus, 31, will play another elder stateswoman, 41-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, in the first round.

Venus, a 3-time Miami champion, beat Date-Krumm in their only career meeting 8-6 in third last year at Wimbledon.

“Prepping for tomorrow’s match, have a good night everyone, thanks for chewing me on tomorrow!” Venus tweeted yesterday.

Another former No. 1, Kim Clijsters, is also returning today from injury. She’ll meet Jarmilla Gajdasova.

Yesterday, Alisa Kleybanova made a winning return from her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Tuesday, rallying to win her first rounder 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Johanna Larsson.

“I was a little bit out of control in the first set,” Kleybanova said. “The first match back from anything is always difficult, but especially this time I really had no idea how it was going to be out there. Tennis-wise I felt pretty good from the beginning but Johanna has a difficult game to play against, she makes you run a lot out there – she makes you tired even if you’re in your best shape.

“But I’m looking at my matches differently now. It’s my work, but I really just wanted to enjoy every point and every moment. Even when I lost the first set I wanted to stay positive and just enjoy myself out there, and that’s why I was able to stay out there and change the way the match was going.”

Men’s first round action begins today with James Blake and Nikolay Davydenko in a battle of former Top 5 players. David Nalbandian is also scheduled along with Fernando Gonzalez who meet Nicolas Mahut is what is the Chilean’s final ATP event.

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer and scheduled to open play Saturday while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will tentatively debut Friday.

STADIUM Start 11:00 am
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) v Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v James Blake (USA)
[WC] Venus Williams (USA) v Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Steve Darcis (BEL)

Starting at 7:30 PM
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) v [WC] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v Christina Mchale (USA)

You Might Like:
Alisa Kleybanova Set To Return From Hodgkin’s Lymphoma In Miami
Andy Murray Movingly Opens Up About Cancer In Players’ Tribune Post
World No. 1 Kerber Falls To Venus, Halep Upset Wednesday at Miami Open
Soderling, Berdych Clash in Bastad; Kleybanova Diagnosed with Cancer
Venus Wins In San Jose, Joins Konta, Azarenka In QF Play Today

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

7 Comments for Venus Williams Returns Today In Miami; Kleybanova Gets First Win After Cancer Battle

tennisfan Says:

The rare characteristic of the toughest of the champion is to manufacture success out of raw materials of disaster. Inspite of battling with the deadliest disease in the world, Alisa Kleybanova has managed to overcome it successfully and inspire so many of us! Just Brilliant!

I was mentally motivated to overcome Cancer – Alisa Kleybanova.
The Fighter, The Survivor & The Player!

Humble Rafa Says:

Venus Williams is like my sister. We are both champions prone to injury.

Skorocel Says:

@Humble Rafa: And prone to drink from the magic potion – especially when our parents are divorcing…

Dan Martin Says:

You have to love the banter

Wog boy Says:

Nothing to do with this thread…. but Novak just confirmed he is playing Serbia Open and it is pretty good line up for 250.
At the it can turn out tha Brando was (is) right. Five clay tournaments before FO, wise or not? We will find out soon.

Steve 27 Says:

Montecarlo has a prince but only a king

Wog boy Says:

Four clay and Miami…. same thing.

Top story: Djokovic, Nadal Resume Grand Slam Chase At Wimbledon; Berrettini In Nadal Half