Venus powers into second round
Venus Williams was cool as ice in needing just over an hour to see
off German Anna-Lena Groenefeld and reach the second round at the WTA
event in Stuttgart Tuesday.
Williams, ranked eighth in the world, was always in control and kept
her 23-year-old opponent pinned to the baseline for large chunks of the
game as she strolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win.
of the USA serving to Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld during
their first round match at the Porsche Grand Prix tennis
tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday. Williams won the
match 6-1, 6-2. AP
But as the Wimbledon champion limped into the post-match press
conference with her left knee strapped and ice on her right elbow, she
looked far less comfortable before insisting it was just part of her
"It's normal to ice right after the game, I am just being a good girl
and making sure my recovery is okay," she insisted.
"She came out quite aggressive and made me work for the win, it was a
Williams, 28, will play Kateryna Bondarenko in the second round after
the Ukrainian's 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Italian Flavia Pennetta earlier
in the day. "I'll come out and just concentrate on playing my game and
look to keep the momentum going," said Williams.
Earlier, Poland's rising teenage star Agnieszka Radwanska, who
reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the Australian Open this
year, had few problems as she dispatched Sandra Zahlavova, from the
Czech Republic, in straight sets.
The 19-year-old has already won three tournaments so far this season
and is on course to meet Olympic champion Elena Dementieva in the
quarter-finals, but faces Bulgaria's Victoria Azarenka in the second
In the day's other results, France's Marion Bartoli made the second
round with a straight sets win over Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia and
will play the winner of Wednesday's clash between Olympic bronze
medallist Vera Zvonareva and Daniela Hantuchova.
Russia's Nadia Petrova was never troubled as she saw off Barbora
Zahlavova Strycova from the Czech Republic in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in
the final game of the day.
World number two Jelena Jankovic flew into Stuttgart on Monday night
fresh from her win at the China Open and although jet-lagged is looking
forward to her opening match against Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko.
Jankovic lost this year's US Open final to Serena Williams, but says
the experience of reaching her first Grand Slam final has given her
plenty of confidence.
"I had my chances to beat Serena in the final, but I was missing some
experience," she said.
"I lost my concentration and didn't take my chances.
"It doesn't matter, reaching the final game gave me a lot of
confidence for the remainder of the season."
Having struggled with injury for part of the season, the 23-year-old
says it is a relief to finally be fit and healthy.
"It is a huge relief to be injury-free, I had an infection in March
and I have had concerns about my health the whole time.
"It affects your fitness so much and you can't train as much as you
want. It is so good to be injury free and healthy."