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Vintage Venus

Venus Williams makes life easy on herself with a straight sets win in the second round.
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Playing in just her second career match at Stade Uniprix, Venus Williams came out and played as though she were a former champion; Williams was completely comfortable, and although playing on the second show court, she impressed. Taking on the Yulia Putintseva, Williams was thought to have her work cut out for her as the youngsters game to vary her shots wth different spins and speed would historically be an extreme challenge for the elder williams sister, but she had other plans.

An exchange of breaks early in the match was about as close as the match got, Williams was just playing too well. When the match started, Williams was broken right away and although she broke back, she didn't seem to settle in at the Banque Nationale Court until losing her serve again for the second time at two all. Voice Williams got broken that time, things shifted dramatically in her favor, it was as if she flipped a switch and every was clear; the groundstrokes were hit cleaner, the serve was powerful and consistent, and the movement was imperial, it was "Vintage Venus".

Progressing through the match, Williams only lost two gams after being broken for a second time in the first set, not even a brief rain delay of 40 semi odd minutes could halt her progress in the tournament. Williams came back out from the rain delay and quickly closed out the match and bring her match record in Montreal to a whopping 2-0; yes, it's just her first appearance in Montreal, but you can't take anything for granted, so being undefeated, however minuscule it may be, is a big thing for Venus these days.

Her next opponent is the always tough and dogged German Angelique Kerber; this has been a very tough matchup for Venus as out of four matches she has only won the first encounter. In the grand scheme of things, Williams has been playing pretty well this year, especially the last few weeks, so it should be a good test for her going into the years final major. What can be said, is that the match will be in her hands, it's just whether she can continuously execute because Kerber is a human backboard, she's just going to track down everything williams fires and send it back across the net, but if Williams is feeling well then I think we may have a great match on our hands.

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