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London – Five-time champion Venus Williams said she was hungry to add to her Wimbledon trophy haul as she started her 2014 campaign with a three-set win on Monday.
The 30th seed, who missed last year's Championships through injury, beat Spain's world number 53 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in an hour and 46 minutes on the Court Two show court.
Besides her five singles titles at the All England Club, she has five more from playing the ladies' doubles with her younger sister Serena – and is keen to increase her Wimbledon trophy collection.
“Not enough. I would love to add to it so you've got to stay hungry,” she said.
“We're in the doubles so we're going to get out there and go for it.”
The Williams sisters won the London 2012 Olympics doubles, which was held at the All England Club.
However, Williams crashed out of the Championships in the first round that year, meaning this is her first win in the tournament since 2011.
“It's fantastic. I was thinking, I haven't been back here since the 2012 Olympics so coming back I have a lot of great memories from that and, of course, so many great memories just from being here throughout the last 17 years or so,” she said.
“I definitely have been motivated and I've been on a lot of lay-offs so it's not always easy to win the matches you want to win when you come back so many times from injury so I just feel like the more I keep playing, the better I'll get.”
Williams faces Japan's Kurumi Nara in the second round, with a possible clash against 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova waiting for the winner.
“I just try to advance to every round, so that's really all that matters to me, to get to the next round, that's the way I see it,” she said.
At 34, she is the oldest woman left in the tournament after 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm crashed out earlier Monday. – Sapa-AFP