Venus' back feeling better for Toronto return

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Venus Williams, who plays Kirsten Flipkens today at the Rogers Cup in her first match since losing to Urszula Radwanska in first round of the French Open, says the back injury that has been bothering her for the past year is healing.

Venus, who partnered sister Serena in a doubles exhibition against Monica Seles and Eugenie Bouchard in Toronto last night, said the injury took away her biggest weapon.

“I just started to realize that I couldn't play, especially since I didn't have a serve,” she said. “It was just really hard to play without a serve, I found out, especially [since it's] such a huge part of my game. I feel like I'm at the point now where I can hit the ball pretty well.”

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