Venus Williams joined Alisa Kleybanova in Miami as a player that made successful long-awaited and even questionable comeback. In addition, the tennis legend relaunched her fashion line EleVen, with toned-down, more conservative and appropriate designs.
In the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open Venus was playing her first singles match since the US Open in September, that's almost seven months, and dispatched Kimiko Date Krum 6-0 6-3, losing just seven points on her serve and dropping just one service game. In the layoff period Venus was diagnosed with autoimmune disorder called Sjogren's Syndrome, and apparently the American has been excellent in learning how to live with it and play tennis with it. Her game has to be smart and focused more than ever before, and she can't give points away. Next opponent, world No.3 Petra Kvitova, will be another big challenge for Venus. It will be interesting to see how this clash of two attackers goes.
Venus also used the grand comeback to promote her tennis clothing brand, which was at a standstill for some time. It's nice to see that bold fashion statements have given way to more subtle designs. In her opener Venus was wearing a classic black and white dress, without lace, fringe and mesh embellishments. The print in the bottom left quarter is the furthest Venus went with details, which is great for a change. Believe it or not, the back of the dress is not revealing and it's plain white! Thumbs up for the new style! (photo via WTA Tour, quote via ESPN)