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Playing tennis again after recovering from blood clots in her lungs and two foot operations, Serena Williams slipped and fell in the final game of her match at Eastbourne, England. She got up immediately and carried on the point, although she lost it. But it was not long before the 13-time Grand Slam champion was a winner once more. After nearly a year off the WTA Tour, Williams regrouped after a slow start to defeat Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of a Wimbledon warmup. Williams was briefly worried about tweaking the right foot that was in a cast for 10 weeks. “I thought this is grass. You know, you’re really moving. You’re stopping, you’re going,” she said. “If I can survive this, especially with this long match, I’ll be good.” – AP