Venus Williams Goes into 2nd round
At the Dubai Tennis Championships the defending championship Venus Williams beat 17 year old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Williams beat her on Monday with 6-1, 6-2.
Despite the age difference between these two, the 34 year old Williams looked physically fitter than her opponent and dominated throughout to earn her 16th straight win in Dubai.
Williams said that at 34 she is hitting a little bit harder than most people and is playing some offense on the run and hitting the ball just as hard. She also said that at 17 she wasn’t thinking about the age of the player across the net just that she wanted to beat them.
Bencic broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set but Williams rebounded quickly to wrap up the win in 69 minutes.
Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia needed 2 hours and 39 minutes to beat Mona Barthel of Germany 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3. Hantuchova was notably tired as she was coming off her Thailand Open victory in Pattaya City on Sunday. She went on to say that this is where the love of the sport comes in as even though she is tired it is the best feeling in the world.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic also advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 wins over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
The 17th seeded Pliskova reached the third round at the Australian Open and then went on to Canada to play for the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup. She then reached the semi-finals at a tournament in Belgium before she travelled to Dubai.
The 11th seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic beat Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-1, 6-4 and the 16th seeded Peng Shuai of China defeated Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5, 6-1.
Coco Vandeweghe was trailing Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 3-1 when the American retired from the match due to a shoulder injury.