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Venus prevails in opening Cincinnati match

Venus prevails in opening Cincinnati match
By Reuters

12/08/2019 at 21:39Updated 12/08/2019 at 22:54

Former world number one Venus Williams moved through the first round of the Cincinnati Masters when she defeated compatriot Lauren Davis in straight sets on Monday.

Wild card Williams won 7-5 6-2 on centre court as she maintained her streak of never having lost a set to Davis, having beaten her four times.

Williams fended off seven of the eight break points she faced, and won 61% of points when returning the Davis second serve.

"I was just trying to find the rhythm," Williams said afterwards. "She has a surprisingly powerful game. You look at her and you don't think she's gonna hit that hard, but she really knows how to control the point - has an impressive game."

Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva and Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich earlier won three-set matches.

Putintseva defeated Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-2 7-6(3) 6-3 and Sasnovich beat Astra Sharma of Australia 6-1 4-6 6-1.

Aryna Sabalenka had an easier task, beating Petra Martic 6-1 6-4.