Venus Williams shares message to Serena Williams after Wimbledon thriller

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Venus Williams shares message to Serena Williams after Wimbledon thriller

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said she was proud "proud beyond" of Serena Williams after her sister fell short in a thriller Wimbledon battle. On Tuesday, Serena Williams played her first singles match in 12 months.

In a first round Wimbledon thriller which lasted over three hours, France's Harmony Tan edged out Serena Williams 7-5 1-6 7-6 (7). After the match, Serena Williams posted a picture on Instagram. "That was insane and intense.

Not the result I came for, but my goodness I enjoyed that. I hope you did as well. Onward and up," Serena Williams captioned her post.

Venus Williams to Serena Williams: You are the eternal champ

"Biggest fan! Proud beyond.

Eternal champ. No words," Venus Williams wrote. It was a heartbreaking loss for Williams as she had a good chance to close out the match in three sets. Williams had a 5-4 lead in the third set and a chance to serve out for the match but she failed to do so.

"It was definitely a very long battle and fight," Williams said in her post-match press conference. "It's definitely better than last year, that's a start. I think physically I did pretty good. I feel like in just those key points, winning some of those points, is always something mentally that you have to have, that you kind of need.

I did pretty good on maybe one or two of 'em, but obviously not enough. Today I gave all I could do, you know, today. Maybe tomorrow I could have gave more. Maybe a week ago I could have gave more. But today was what I could do.

At some point you have to be able to be okay with that. And that's all I can do." After the match, Williams revealed she will try to be fit for the US Open. When asked about a potential Wimbledon return, Williams said she couldn't give an answer to that question.