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Venus can play a lot better than she did today,” her father said. “After she settled down, she pulled it out.”

He shed no light on whatever health issues might be troubling her. Venus Williams was off the tour for about a month this year after having medical tests. She hasn’t said what the tests were for - and even her father said he doesn’t know.

Venus never talked to me about it, and I never asked her. The only thing I asked is ‘Are you sure it’s time to come back?’ And she said, ‘Yes,’ ” he said. “Does it have an affect on her or not? This I don’t know.”