Venus advances at Wimbledon + strips for ESPN Body Issue

Venus Williams - Wimbledon 2014

While her compatriot Sloane Stephens, seeded 18th, ended her six-Grand-Slam-long tradition of reaching the second week by falling to Maria Kirilenko in the first round of Wimbledon, which is the first time that she has lost to a player ranked lower than her at a major, the 30th-seeded American Venus Williams produced some clean numbers and advanced with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Hitting 11 aces to zero double faults, opposed to her opponent's zero aces to three double faults, and converting 3/3 break points, Williams opened her campaign on the first day of Wimbledon 2014. The five-time Wimbledon champion was also superb at the net, winning 18 of 20 points. In the fashion department she rocked too, wearing her lovely cap-sleeve EleVen dress with shoulder mesh inserts.

Venus Williams Body Issue

The 34-year-old Williams also made the news today when ESPN The Magazine announced that she will be featured in this year's Body Issue, joining her sister Serena Williams, and colleagues Agnieszka Radwanska, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva, who have already exposed their athletic bodies.

Venus also gives a nice interview, talking about her unbearable fatigue caused by the Sjogren's Syndrome, but I guess it's of secondary importance in this case, especially when the interview is accompanied by Venus posing naked on a cliff. ESPN The Magazine's sixth annual Body Issue is on newsstands July 11.

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