Venus eases past Zheng
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:59
Williams powered past the hard-working Zheng 6-3 6-3 in her final competitive outing before the first grand slam of the year in Melbourne.
“We were out there for 85 minutes and every game was close, and I am just happy to have the win,” said Williams. “My serve was going well and I felt like I was playing aggressive.”
Earlier in the day, Japanese teenager Ayumi Morita recorded a surprise 7-5 3-6 10-4 win over world number 36 Gisela Dulko.
World number seven Vera Zvonareva was set to face Victoria Azarenka, but the Russian was forced to withdraw after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury.
After reaching the semi-finals at Melbourne Park last year, Zvonareva remains hopeful of being fully fit for the Australian Open which begins on January 18.