Vania King

Venus Williams' return to Indian Wells is joyous, but brief

Venus Williams' return to Indian Wells is joyous, but brief

The applause began when Venus Williams stepped onto the court in Indian Wells after a 15-year absence and it quickly swelled to a standing ovation. Wearing a blue-and-white dress and a smile as wide as the gulf that had grown between her and tournament organizers after she and her sister, Serena, were jeered after Venus withdrew from their 2001 semifinal match, Venus Williams on Friday made her peace with the BNP Paribas Open.

"It was so positive and such a great experience," said Williams, who said she was teary-eyed during the coin toss. "It just shows that you can always come back home, I guess. You can always go home."

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