Venus leads way into 3rd round

2010-05-26 12:58

Paris - World number two Venus Williams progressed to the French Open third round after beating Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-4 here on Wednesday.

The American second seed and seven-time Grand Slam champion will play either Slovakian 26th seed Dominika Cibulkova or America's Varvara Lepchenko in the last 32.

Williams doggedly fought off a break point in her first service game and broke Parra Santonja's serve at the second attempt before breaking again for a 5-2 lead and serving out for the set.

The American, who took to the court in a racy black lace dress with red trim, endured stiffer resistance in the second set but captured the decisive break in the seventh game with an emphatic half-volley.