LONDON, Great Britain
Venus Williams overcame a spirited first-set showing from Elise Mertens to ease herself into her 20th Wimbledon campaign, progressing 7-6(7), 6-4.
By taking the court today, the American equalled sister Serena for the most main draw matches played at the All England Club among active players.
"I never thought that I'd play this many, but I'm grateful to be here and to play," Williams told reporters afterwards. "I love the game."