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Venus and Serena Williams to Meet at Second Round of Italia Open

Venus and Serena Williams to Meet at Second Round of Italia Open (dailyexpress)

MILAN, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will face each other in the second round of the Italian Open (Internazionali BNL d'Italia) after both recorded victory in the first round on Monday (05/13/2019) local time.

Serena Williams began preparations for the French Open with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in the first round of the Italian Open on Monday.

Meanwhile, Venus beat Belgium's Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4) within three hours.

Serena returned to action in her fourth tournament of the season and the first since was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open last March due to a knee injury.

Quoted from the BBC, the 37-year-old American fell behind 1-3, but rose thanks to a series of hard groundstrokes from the baseline, winning five of the next six games in the opening set.

Peterson, ranked 64th in the world, struggled to get two break points in the final game of the match but Williams saved both, before ensuring victory in one hour and 15 minutes.

Williams, 23 times the Grand Slam singles champion, ended runner-up in two of the last three major tournaments, but was unable to increase the number of titles since returning to the sport after the birth of her first child in 2017.