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Serena, Venus Williams win first Grand Slam doubles match in nearly two years

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Venus, right, and Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrate after scoring a point against Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato during their women’s doubles first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Serena and Venus Williams have won their first Grand Slam doubles match in nearly two years.

The sisters moved into the second round of the French Open by coming back for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over the 14th-seeded Japanese pairing of Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato in front of a Court 3 crowd that raucously supported the Americans.

The Williams-Williams duo last competed at a major tournament together at Wimbledon in 2016. They won their 14th Grand Slam title in women’s doubles at the All England Club.

This return to doubles came a day after Serena Williams participated in Grand Slam singles for the first time in 16 months, winning her first-round match at Roland Garros. Venus Williams lost in the first round of singles on Sunday.