Sixth seed Venus Williams joined her younger sister Serena in the second round of the Australian Open, beating Germany’s world No.100 Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-3.
Williams raced to a 5-0 lead, but Kerber won the next three games and saved a set point. Still, Williams held her serve and won the first set. In the second set, Kerber had two opportunities on serve to take a 4-1 lead, but Williams won all the games to win the match.
Venus Williams is still seeking her first Australian Open title, despite being a five-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champion.
More notable first-round results we haven’t already mentioned:
Home favorite Samantha Stosur won two tiebreaks to defeat Klara Zakopalova, eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over Anastasia Rodionova, Amelie Mauresmo advanced in straight sets, beating Olga Govortsova, while Nicole Vaidisova, unfortunately not surprisingly, lost in the opening round to Severine Bremond, 6-2 6-1. No.22 seed Zheng Jie of China progressed.