2011 Aegon Championships At Queens Club Results: Andy Murray, Venus Williams Victorious

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2011 Aegon Championships At Queens Club Results: Venus Williams Returns With Victory

Playing her first tennis since January, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams returned with a victory Monday at the $618,000 Aegon International, a final grass-court Wimbledon tuneup.

The unseeded former world No. 1 Williams needed all three sets to oust eighth- seeded German Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in 2 hours, 35 minutes at Devonshire Park. The rising Petkovic reached quarterfinals at this year’s French and Australian Opens.

The seven-time major champion Williams, who will turn 31 on Friday, had been sidelined by a hip injury since losing to Petkovic in the third round at January’s Aussie Open.

“It was definitely an adventure today,” Williams said. “Falling down every other point, coming back from such a long layoff, competing against someone who’s been playing so well in the last 12 months.”

“I was extremely excited to come back with the win. More than anything, I was just really extremely excited to have the opportunity to play another match.”

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2011 Aegon Championships At Queens Club Results: Andy Murray Victorious

Andy Murray did win his first Queens Club title since 2009, but first he had an eventful weekend. On Sunday, Andy Murray played Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -- in a game of table tennis. Their championship match in the Aegon Classic at the Queen's club was rained out.

Early Monday morning, Andy Murray stood in his boxers with a racket in hand, preparing to swing at what he thought was an intruder. Turned out to be a false alarm. Murray blogged for the BBC that he was wide awake after that so he watched the NBA Championships:

Not the preparation I'd planned, but I guess it worked out OK in the end.

In the end, Murray won Monday's midday match-up with a score of 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in front of a full-capacity stadium. Murray ended the final set with a shot he took between his legs, or a "tweener."

The tournament prepares the British player for grass-court championship at The All England Club, which begins June 20.

"You don't get the chance to do that very often," Murray said. "It just came off. Sometimes they happen at big points. I felt comfortable on the court once I got ahead in the match.

"It was nice to just let something off by hitting that shot because I had been behind for 90 percent of the match. I enjoyed hitting them. It's good fun. Will I try it again at Wimbledon? If it works, I will try it anywhere.  

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Andy Murray In, Novak Djokovic Out Of Aegon Championships At Queens Club

During Andy Murray's French Open semifinal match against Rafael Nadal, the Brit was taking painkillers just to make it through. The world No. 4 suffered ligament damage in his right ankle during the semifinals.

However, after a two-hour practice on Monday, Murray confirmed that he will play in the Aegon Championships at the Queens Club. 

"It's definitely better than it was," said Murray. "It was a bit sore when it happened but it should be OK.

An opening-round bye will allow Murray some extra rest. He does not begin play until Wednesday. He faces the winner of the match between Belgium's Xavier Malisse and Germany's Matthias Bachinger.

However, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Aegon Championship with a injury to his kneecap. Djokovic was defeated by World No. 3 Roger Federer in the semifinals of the French Open, breaking his 43 match win-streak.

Federer also pulled out of his Wimbledon warm-up tournament, the Gerry Weber Open, with a groin injury. That means the only one of the top three players who will take part in a grass tournament this week is 2011 French Open Champion Rafael Nadal.

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