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Australian Open 2018: Three decades of Venus Williams in Melbourne

Updated 0812 GMT (1612 HKT) January 15, 2018
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Venus Williams first played in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in 1998. Clive Brunskill/Allsport/Getty Images
Venus won the Australian Open women's doubles title with sister Serena in 2001. Clive Brunskill/Allsport/Getty Images
Two years later the sisters again won the women's doubles title at Melbourne Park after beating Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina. Adam Pretty/Getty Images
That same year the two sisters also met in the Australian Open women's singles final with their mother Oracene watching. Serena won the match 7-6 3-6 6-4. Steve Holland/AP
In 2005, Venus was seeded eighth but was knocked out by Alicia Molik of Australia. Rick Rycroft/AP
A year later Venus was the No. 1 seed at Melbourne Park but made a surprise exit in the first round after Bulgarian teenager Tsvetana Pironkova beat the American 6-2 0-6 9-7. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
In 2009, the two Williams sisters won their third Australian Open women's doubles title after beating Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. Lucas Dawson/Getty Images
A year later the American sisters won their fourth Australian Open women's doubles title after beating Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of the US 6-4 6-3. JOE CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images
Since 1998, Venus has missed three Australian Open tournaments, twice due to wrist injuries and in 2012 following her diagnosis with Sjögren's syndrome in 2011. She got as far as the third round in the women's singles in 2013 where she was beaten by Russian Maria Sharapova. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
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Last year the two Williams sisters met in the Australian Open women's singles final for a second with Serena again getting the better of Venus, winning 6-4 6-4. Serena won't be at Melbourne Park to defend her title following the birth of her first child and if Venus were to win this year she's become the oldest player -- male or female -- to win a major in the Open era. Kyodo/AP
Last year Venus made the final but lost to Serena in straight sets. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images
And on Monday, Venus had a tough draw in the first round and was beaten by Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-5. GREG WOOD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images