The Latest: Venus Williams comes back to win at Wimbledon

Venus Williams of the United States returns to China’s Qiang Wang during their Women’s Singles Match on day three at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

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6:50 p.m.

Venus Williams has come back to win and reach Wimbledon’s third round after dropping the opening set against Wang Qiang of China.

Williams powered her way through the final set to pull out the 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory. She wound up with more than twice as many winners as her opponent, 43 to 20.

This is Williams’ first tournament since a two-car crash police say she caused in Florida on June 9. A 78-year-old passenger in the other vehicle died about two weeks later.

Williams also beat Wang at the French Open in May. The 55th-ranked Wang has never been to the third round at a Grand Slam tournament.

Williams owns seven major titles, including five at Wimbledon. Wednesday’s match was her 97th in the main draw at the All England Club, breaking a tie with her sister Serena for the most among active players.

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6:30 p.m.

Novak Djokovic is apparently a hockey fan — and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is apparently a fan of the tennis star.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic sent out a tweet with a photo of the two athletes together and said he is happy to have Subban in town to watch him play at the All England Club.

Djokovic is scheduled to play his second-round match on Thursday against Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic.

Subban helped the Predators reach last season’s Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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6:20 p.m.

Andy Murray’s hip looks just fine.

The defending champion advanced to the third round at Wimbledon by beating Dustin Brown of Germany 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Murray entered the tournament with questions about his hip after skipping two exhibition matches last week. But he has lost only 14 games so far, seven in each of his opening two matches at the All England Club.

The two-time champion will next face 28th-seeded Fabio Fognini.

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6:05 p.m.

Five-time champion Venus Williams has forced a third set against Wang Qiang of China in Wimbledon’s second round.

Williams won the second set 6-4 after dropping the first by the same score.

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5:50 p.m.

Daniil Medvedev expressed his anger after losing at Wimbledon by throwing some coins at the foot of the chair umpire’s chair.

Medvedev, an unseeded Russian who beat Stan Wawrinka in the first round, lost to Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round.

After the match ended, both players shook hands with chair umpire Mariana Alves. Medvedev then grabbed his wallet and pulled out some coins and tossed them toward the chair.

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5:35 p.m.

Venus Williams has dropped the opening set of her second-round Wimbledon match against Wang Qiang of China by a 6-4 score.

Williams led 4-2 early on before losing four games in a row.

Williams is a five-time champion at Wimbledon and is seeded 10th. Wang, who lost to Williams in the first round of the French Open in May, is ranked 55th.

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1:25 p.m.

Victoria Azarenka is back in the third round at Wimbledon.

The two-time semifinalist at the All England Club beat 15th-seeded Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 on No. 3 Court.

Azarenka recently returned to action after giving birth in December. Wednesday’s match was only her fourth of the season. She missed last year’s tournament because of injury and hasn’t played at a Grand Slam event since the 2016 French Open.

Azarenka, a former No. 1 but unseeded at Wimbledon, will next face Heather Watson.

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11:10 a.m.

Just after 10:30 a.m., the race was on to get the best spot on Mount Murray.

The hill next to No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, formerly known as Henman Hill, is a coveted spot for Day 3 at the All England Club because British players Andy Murray and Johanna Konta will be playing their second-round matches on Centre Court.

Thousands of fans on the grounds and without tickets to the main stadium often gather on the hill to watch the action on a giant TV screen.

The area was named Henman Hill in honor of Tim Henman, another British player but one who never was able to win the title. The nickname shifted to Murray when he came on the scene and eventually ended the country’s 77-year wait for a homegrown men’s winner when he won the title in 2013.

On Wednesday, the sixth-seeded Konta will be first on Centre Court against Donna Vekic. Murray follows against Dustin Brown.

Rafael Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, will be on Centre Court after Murray against Donald Young, while five-time champion Venus Williams is scheduled to face Wang Qiang on No. 1 Court.

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