Li Na, Venus breeze into US Open second round

Posted By: IANS

New York, Aug 27: Fifth seed Li Na from China and American Venus Williams have breezed into the second round of the 2013 US Open tennis tournament.

Li Na beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 6-2, while unseeded Venus Williams toppled No. 12 seed Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 in the first round, reports Xinhua.

It only took the 31-year-old Li 64 minutes to finish the match.

US Open: Li Na, Venus advances

The two players had met each other three times before Monday's match, and Li had never lost to Govortsova.

Li will next face the winner between Petra Cetkovska and Sofia Arvidsson.

Though Venus won the first set comfortably, she knew Flipkens was a dangerous opponent, as the Belgian once came back from a 0-6 first set to beat her 2-1 in the Toronto Rogers Cup.

Venus refused to let that happen again. The seven-time Grand Slam winner found her own way of winning the match.

Venus would next meet Chinese veteran Zheng Jie in the second round. Zheng beat Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3, in a later match.

In her only meeting with Zheng nine years ago, Venus won.


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Story first published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 11:24 [IST]
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