Venus Williams had some difficulties at the start of a strong tournament in Cincinnati, but still managed to record a victory over the young Zarina Dias (Kazakhstan), imposing with 7: 6 (6), 6: 4.
“My opponent played very well today. I think almost not made mistakes unlike me. At the end of the game just trying to put the ball in the court, not wrong. It was one of those days where things do not get in the best way for you, but you just have to keep trying and to fight hard.
My rival today deserves admiration for the way in which it is present from the first to the last point, “he said in an interview on the court Williams, who did not miss the opportunity to thank the audience for their support.
“It was amazing to play in such an atmosphere, thank you,” said former №1 in the world.
In the second round Venus Williams will face another former headwoman rankings – Ana Ivanovic. Seeded №6 Serb began participating in the tournament directly from the second round.
Until now, Williams leads Ivanovic categorical 9: 2 wins, but the two have not met on the court more than a year.