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Venus Williams Wins 1st Round Match At US Open

PTI 31 Aug 2011, 12:28:26 IST

New York, Aug 30: Playing her first match in two months, Venus Williams powered her way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over a travel-weary Vera Dolonts of Russia at the U.S. Open on Monday night.

Williams hit six aces and 28 winners against the 91st-ranked Dolonts, who traveled for 12 hours after leaving Moscow before arriving at the tournament site about four hours before her match. She had flights canceled Saturday and Sunday because of Tropical Storm Irene, which caused New York airports to be closed.

Williams, whose seven Grand Slam titles include the 2000 and 2001 U.S. Opens, hadn't played on tour since a fourth-round loss at Wimbledon on June 27. She sat out hard-court tuneup tournaments in recent weeks because of a virus. AP