Venus Williams returns to action with Wimbledon mixed doubles win: "I had no plan to play, I saw the grass and I got excited"

Venus Williams enjoyed an excellent return to action pairing with Jamie Murray to defeat Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3 in the first round of mixed doubles at Wimbledon as she joins her sister in returning to the court.

Williams and Murray will face British wildcards Alicia Barnett and Jonny O'Mara in the second round. It is her first tournament of the 2022 season and her first overall since playing singles last August in Chicago.

Speaking after her opening win, she said it wasn't planned and that seeing Serena return and the grass court made her excited and saw her make a sudden return.

"I had no plan to play, I saw the grass and I got excited," she said as per Tumaini Carayol of the Guardian. "I was even at the French, I had to work but I wasn't there, I was at the French Open, it's a beautiful event but my heart didn't beat the same way. Not that I could play but..."

"I had no plans. That's why I was asking him (Murray) last minute. He just had a baby too so I know there's a lot going on. Definitely I couldn't have guessed that I would be here right now taking it at the last minute."

"I haven't played in a year so you don't know what you're going to get. Practice is so much different from a match. It's not easy physically or mentally or anything."

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