MELBOURNE, Australia - Former No.1 Venus Williams continued her progress at the Australian Open, moving into the third round in Melbourne for the 13th time in her career after a comfortable win over Stefanie Voegele.
"Today was a good day, a little less hot first thing in the morning, so it was good to get it in, you know, and have a win early," Venus told press after her victory.
The Swiss qualifier, ranked No.112 in the world, looked decidedly out of her depth on Rod Laver Arena against the former No.1. A tentative start from Voegele allowed the American to open with a double break of serve and rocket to a 3-0 lead.
With the early nerves out of the way, Voegele managed to grab one of the breaks back with a crisp backhand passing shot, but she wasn't able to wrench the advantage out of Venus' grasp. Venus stayed aggressive to wrap up the first set with ease, and continued her form into the second, breaking twice to seal the match in barely over 80 minutes.
"I don't know anything about her," Venus admitted. "I have never seen her play. Zero, like zero. So I'm going to have to see how it goes.
"Like, maybe get a scouting report in the warm-up when we hit the five minutes and kind of see how it feels."
This is Venus' 17th appearance at the Australian Open - joint-most among active players, tied with her sister Serena Williams - and with No.4 seed Simona Halep out of the tournament in a first round stunner, Venus' side of the draw gives her ample opportunity to continue on and make a deep run.
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