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Venus Williams avoids a day of upsets at Volvo Car Open

Venus Williams avoids a day of upsets at Volvo Car Open

Venus Williams had not played much winning tennis since capturing her 49th WTA title in February.

She was more than ready to show off her game at the Volvo Car Open on Wednesday.

The third-seeded Williams used her powerhouse serves and crisp groundstrokes for a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fellow American Alison Riske. Williams advanced on a day when several other top seeds were upset at the year's first clay-court event.

Williams didn't care what surface she was on, the 35-year-old simply wanted to wipe away bad memories of first-match losses at Indian Wells and Miami since winning a WTA event in Taiwan two months ago.

“I just came into the tournament eager, just...

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