Straight-sets opening win for Venus

Updated: 30 August 2011 16:56 IST

Two-time champion Venus Williams reached the second round of the US Open tennis championships on Monday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Russian Vesna Dolonts.

New York:

Two-time champion Venus Williams reached the second round of the US Open tennis championships on Monday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Russian Vesna Dolonts.

Williams, who won back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, is unseeded this year thanks to the slide in her world ranking to 36.

The American is without a title in 2011. She missed much of the first half of the year through injury and was playing her first match since a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon. Since then she had withdrawn from tournaments at Toronto and Cincinnati with a viral illness.

Topics : Tennis Tiger Woods Leander Paes Venus Williams Sania Mirza Maria Sharapova US Open 2011
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