No sweat for Williams

  • Last Updated: March 22 2014, 7:30 GMT

Venus Williams was not at her fluent best but was an ultimately comfortable 6-3 6-3 winner over Anna Schmiedlova in the second round of the Sony Open in Miami.

Venus Williams: Through to the next round
Venus Williams: Through to the next round

The Slovakian held her own until broken in the seventh game of the opening set and, though Williams failed to serve out the second set after a monstrous backhand winner by Schmiedlova, she broke straight back by taking her first match point.

Three-time champion Williams, 33, told BT Sport: "It's good to be back - again. I feel a little old but it's good to have success as an oldster!"

Williams will face the the Australian wild card Casey Dellacqua, who slipped past Jana Cepelova - a late call-up for the injured Simona Halep - 6-4 1-6 6-4.

There was a shock as former world number one Jelena Jankovic was beaten by Varvara Lepchenko, going down 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7/2).

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska had no such troubles, disposing of Switzerland's Romina Oprandi 6-0 6-4.

Australian Open champion Li Na went through after Alisa Kleybanova pulled out of their clash with a virus and will face Madison Keys, the up-and-coming American who tipped out Daniela Hantuchova 6-4 6-2.

Other minor upsets saw Roberta Vinci, the 13th seed, beaten 6-4 2-6 7-5 by Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, while promising 18th seed Eugenie Bouchard disappointed as she was beaten 1-6 6-1 6-2 by Elina Svitolina.

Sloane Stephens was another American to progress, winning 7-5 6-3 against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

The 10th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova dropped just three games as she saw off Yvonne Meusburger in one of the first matches of the day and 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Monica Puig 6-1 1-6 6-3.

Alize Cornet went the distance before beating Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-7 (0/7) 6-4, Kaia Kanepi was too good in tie-breaks for Christina McHale, winning 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/0) and there were also wins for Ajla Tomljanovic, Elena Vesnina and Carla Suarez Navarro.

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