x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Venus eclipses frustrated Bondarenko

Holder Venus Williams made hay while the sun shone on Court One, crushing Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2 to book a place in the third-round.

Venus Williams, seeking her sixth women's title at Wimbledon.
Venus Williams, seeking her sixth women's title at Wimbledon.

LONDON // Holder Venus Williams made hay while the sun shone on Court One, crushing Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2 to book a place in the third-round at Wimbledon. Venus, her left leg strapped throughout, is seeking a sixth title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club and her third in a row, and never gave the world No 73 the chance to fully express her game. Two breaks helped the American edge a competitive first set in 37 minutes but the third seed was really finding the middle of her racket in an impressive second set and sealed victory in one hour and nine minutes with a clean forehand winner.

She will face Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain for a place in the fourth-round. *Reuters