PARIS, France - An impressive Venus Williams is through to the third round of the French Open, beating a valiant Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-1.
With sister Serena cheering her on from the stands, the tenth seed was made to work hard in the first six games before finding the kind of form that has her tipped as a contender for the title.
"It's always a joy when you can control the match," said Williams afterwards. "It was a little bit tricky there, but, you know, just try to still control the match. That always feels good."
Nara took her first break point to make a dent in the Williams serve, but the 36-year-old broke right back.
After that, Venus was dominant, breaking to love to take the first set in 47 minutes.
She found a comfortable groove after that, confidently winning the second in comprehensive fashion, 6-1, even finding time for some impromptu karaoke with Serena's coach Patrick Mourataglou.
"It was something to build on," said Venus. "Today's match was definitely less errors than the first match. I want to continue that. Her play is a little bit different. The day is different, the conditions are different. It's about adjusting to that moment and that's what I have been good at over the years."
Next up for Williams will be either Richel Hogenkamp or Elise Mertens.