Wimbledon 2023: Venus Williams Makes First-Round Exit

In her 24th Wimbledon appearance, Venus Williams suffered a first-round defeat on Monday following an early setback with a twisted knee.

The five time tournament champion Williams, was beaten in the first round by Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 6-3 

Williams, a former No. 1 now ranked outside the top 500 after a series of injuries that limited her to 22 matches since the start of 2021. 

When Venus Williams made her Wimbledon debut in 1997, Svitolina was just 2 years old. By the time Williams won her 1st Wimbledon in 2000, Svitolina was 5 years.

Earlier, Novak Djokovic began his Wimbledon title defense by defeating Pedro Cachin in straight sets.

Iga Swiatek, World number one has safely made it into the second round after an impressive opening win against Zhu Lin.

Sofia Kenin, a former World No.4, caused an early upset at Wimbledon by defeating Coco Gauff, currently ranked No.7, in the first round with a 6-4, 4-6 victory.