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Venus eyeing late career renaissance
Published : Thursday, 22 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 8

Melbourne, Jan 21: Venus Williams has long been hindered by illness and injury but the seven-time Grand Slam champion is feeling more upbeat this year than she has for some time.
The elder Williams sister is on a 6-0 run, having won the lead-up Auckland Classic title -- beating world number eight Caroline Wozniacki in the final -- and then her first match at the Australian Open.
It is a continuation of the form she showed in 2014, when she reached the third round at Wimbledon and the US Open, won the Dubai Tennis Championship, and made the final of Montreal, defeating sister Serena en route.
The 34-year-old American, one of the oldest women on tour, hasn't won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008 and few are betting on her changing that at Melbourne Park.
But she feels her form is getting back to its best after a long battle with the energy-sapping Sjogren's Syndrome, which was diagnosed in 2011, and a string of injuries.
Williams adopted a raw foods diet to ease her symptoms and decrease inflammation in her body and is trying to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011.    AFP

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