Serena Williams relishing ‘tough match’ against sister Venus

Serena Williams is totally blissful to face sister Venus contained throughout the Lexington Open second spherical and feels the “sturdy match” will present the suitable preparation for the US Open which begins on 31 August.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion made a worthwhile return to the WTA Tour on Tuesday nonetheless wanted three fashions to get earlier Bernarda Pera in Kentucky.

It was the No 1 seed’s first aggressive fixture since a Fed Cup qualifier in February and he or she lastly obtained near prime gear to win Four-6, 6-Four, 6-1.

A straight fashions victory later contained throughout the day for Venus Williams over Victoria Azarenka by a 6-Three, 6-Three scoreline seen her e-book a last-16 assembly collectively collectively collectively alongside together with her youthful sister.

Serena Williams instructed a press convention: “I’ve a very sturdy match inside the following spherical, nonetheless it’s good usually on account of I’ve positively not carried out.

“Fairly just a few avid players have been having pleasurable with little elements and little matches and having pleasurable with in opposition to totally fully fully completely different avid players nonetheless I’ve solely been instructing.

“This was actually good for me, I used to be lacking footage nonetheless I used to be like ‘oh, I’ve to most positively hit it that methodology’ so it was making an attempt to get as shortly as additional into the swing of issues.”

Coco Gauff, who beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon closing 12 months, secured her spot inside the following spherical with a 7-5, 7-5 success over fellow American Caroline Dolehide.

Fifth seed Yulia Putintseva furthermore progressed into the second spherical with ease after a 6-Zero, 6-Four win over Ajla Tomljanovic.

Nonetheless former US Open champion Sloane Stephens suffered an upset by the fingers of Canadian qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez, with beating the American 6-Three, 6-Three.

Outcomes from WTA match in Lexington, Kentucky, on Tuesday (x denotes seed):

First spherical

Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Bernarda Pera (USA) Four-6, 6-Four, 6-1

Venus Williams (USA) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-Three, 6-2

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-Four, Four-6, 6-2

Leylah Fernandez (CAN) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x7) 6-Three, 6-Three

Catherine Bellis (USA) bt Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) 6-1, 6-2

Jil Teichmann (SUI) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-2, 7-5

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ x5) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-Zero, 6-Four

Anna Blinkova (RUS) bt Kristie Ahn (USA) 2-6, 6-Four, Three-1 abandon

Olga Govortsova (BLR) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 7-6 (7/Four), 6-1

Coco Gauff (USA) bt Caroline Dolehide (USA) 7-5, 7-5

– TEAMtalk media

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