June 29, 2017

Venus stellar in Paris with straight sets win over Japan's Nara

01 June 2017, 01:22 | Simon Arnold

Venus stellar in Paris with straight sets win over Japan's Nara

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In a record 20th appearance at the French Open, Venus Williams has eased into the second round with a straight sets victory over Qiang Wang of China.

"She's going to call me "favorite aunt, '" Venus Williams said". Nobody should be worrying about Venus Williams' net worth because it isn't exactly the same as Serena Williams due to all of her grand slam wins.

The second set would take rather less time, as Williams thundered through the demoralised Nara for the loss of just one more game, 6-1.

Nara had a slow start to the match as she was overwhelmed by the precise and powerful groundstrokes by Williams, as seen in the opening game when the American had a 0-40 lead to begin the match with.

The victor of 23 Grand Slam singles titles is not playing for the rest of this season because she is pregnant. "Thankfully, I was able to find something that helped me get back to doing what I loved".

"Well, I don't like to talk too much, so my mouth will always be shut", Williams said, smiling. To be clear, she didn't directly say, "My sister is having a girl", but she definitely spoiled if her younger sister will soon be mom to a daughter.

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"Last week, I won my first-ever clay tournament", Tsonga said, referring to an event in Lyon. She also said she still did not know the gender of her baby.

"When I was trailing, I know she had done things to earn it, to be at 4-2, so it was a credit to her".

Venus is two years older than Serena, but Venus has still carved out her own piece of the pie at the urging of their father, Richard Williams. I think you just have to be ready, aware and alert. The 35-year-old explained she had been taking pictures to document the growth of her baby bump, when she accidentally posted one on Snapchat.

The two-time Wimbledon champion, who underwent surgery to her left hand in December after suffering a stabbing in a horrific home invasion attack, was playing just her second match of the season and still doesn't have full filling in one of her fingers.

Ekaterina Makarova, who upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first round, could not follow up on her great performance and exited the French Open. Mertens will have to be more consistent with her serve in order to have a shot.

Serena Williams is at the French Open, after all - but as a spectator, not a competitor.

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