Wimbledon 2014: I have nothing to prove, declares Venus Williams

Wimbledon 2014: Venus Williams talks up her self-belief after beating María Teresa Torró-Flor 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

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Venus Williams won in Dubai earlier this year Photo: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Venus Williams insisted that she has nothing to prove after the five-time champion battled past María Teresa Torró-Flor to reach the second round at Wimbledon.

The 34-year-old, who missed SW19 last year, eventually won 6-4 4-6 6-2 to secure her 72nd Wimbledon win, with Japan’s Kurumi Nara her next opponent.

I have nothing to prove, nothing to hide, nothing to lose

Venus Williams

And Williams, who is bidding to reach the last 16 of a Major for the first time in three years, was quick to underline her unshakeable self-belief.

“I’m not really here to surprise anyone. No one is going to get behind you and pet you and say, It’s okay, you can do it. I have to do that for myself,” Williams said.

“I’m not looking for anyone to believe in me or anything like that. You have to believe in yourself these days.

“I have nothing to prove, nothing to hide, nothing to lose. So for me it’s about continually playing better and getting back up every single time when things might not go my way.

“It’s not going to go the way of 127 people in this draw. It’s going to go the way of one person. So you just keep going.”

Williams’s first-round win means only Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf have more Wimbledon victories than the American.

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