Result: Venus Williams defeated by Kirsten Flipkens in comeback match

Venus Williams hits a return shot during her second round match with Alize Cornet at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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Venus Williams is defeated in three sets by Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirtsen Flipkens in her first match since returning from a back injury.

Venus Williams has suffered defeat in her comeback match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, going down in three sets to Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens in the first round.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion, who pulled out of the SW19 major in June with a back problem, had not played since her shock elimination in the opening stage of May's French Open.

Williams won the first set without dropping a game, but Flipkens recovered from that 6-0 drubbing to level the match by edging the second 6-4.

Fatigued then looked to be hampering Williams in the decider as her Belgian opponent raced into a 5-0 advantage, and despite the American threatening a comeback, Flipkens comfortably held on to claim victory in just under two hours.

The 13th seed will face Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens in the next round.

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