Australian Open: Venus Williams Beats Voegele to Reach 3rd Round
Venus Williams was forced to pull out of the women’s doubles owing to an elbow injury.
Seven-times grand slam champion Venus Williams advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park on Wednesday with a 6-3 6-2 win over Stefanie Voegele.
Williams admitted she was still troubled by an elbow injury that forced her to pull out of the women's doubles. The 13th-seeded American, who had been scheduled to team up with sister Serena, was close to tears as she talked about the injury that also saw her skip her only warm-up tournament in Auckland two weeks ago.
She beat her opponent, the 26-year-old Voegele, ranked 112th in the world, in one hour and 23 minutes to set up a third round meeting with Duan Yingying.
Talking about her elbow problem, Venus said:
I’m managing it. I was really disappointed not to be able to play in New Zealand. I was hoping to have the capacity to play both events here, but at this point I just need to be careful and just try to maintain myself.
Williams is making her 17th appearance at the Australia Open, where she reached the final in 2003. She was knocked out in the first round in 2016 by Britain's Johanna Konta.
The world number 17 will have disappointed fans who had hoped to see a repeat of the sisters' winning performance at Wimbledon last year. The duo have taken home the Australian Open doubles title four times but the last one came in 2010.
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