Williams makes smooth progress
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:51
The third seed, who won Olympic gold at the same venue last year, completed a comfortable 6-2 7-6 (7/1) victory in one hour and 40 minutes, serving six aces.
In the day’s other main matches, 10th seed Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, beat Chinese wild card Han Xinyun 7-6 (7/2) 6-2.
However, 15th seed Samantha Stosur is out after the Australian was beaten 6-4 4-6 6-3 by Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is through after she beat Sybille Bammer of Austria 7-5 6-1.