Venus eases into third round
London - Venus Williams eased into the Wimbledon third round as she defeated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-4 on Centre Court on Wednesday.
World number 67 Makarova broke the five-time Wimbledon champion in the second set as she put up a spirited fightback.
However, it was too little, too late to stop the American second seed from going through.
Williams, the world number two, will face more Russian opposition in the third round, either 26th seed Alisa Kleybanova or Alla Kudryavtseva.
Left-hander Makarova, 22, underlined her ability on grass when she won her first career title at Eastbourne last week.
However despite equalling her best-ever Wimbledon performance in reaching the second round, the Russian number 12 never recovered from a slow start in her first match against 30-year-old Williams.
Williams, playing her 50th Grand Slam, broke serve in the second game and did it again in the fourth, though this time she was made to work hard in lengthy rallies to take the game on a deuce for a 4-0 lead.
At 5-0 down, Makarova took Williams to deuce. The American took the advantage and sealed the set within 25 minutes with a forehand passing shot.
In the second set, Makarova finally won a game with a passing shot to make it 1-1, and held her serve next time round as she got a grip on her service game.
However, Williams took the next game to love and had three break points in the following game before the Muscovite served an ace, a winner, then hit another serve that flew up of Williams' racquet to make it deuce. However, Williams pulled through for a 4-2 lead.
At 5-3, Makarova went 0-30 ahead on Williams' serve and then had break point at 30-40. She broke the former champion when Williams shot long.
Makarova took Williams to deuce as she served to save the match, but the American won it when the Russian shot wide.
Centre Court was half-empty at the start of the match, which clashed with England's crucial 1-0 victory over Slovenia in the football World Cup in South Africa.
Second Round Results (x denotes seeding):
Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3
Jurgen Melzer (AUT x16) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-7 (5/7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Florian Mayer (GER) bt Mardy Fish (USA) 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Andy Roddick (USA x5) by Michael Llodra (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS x15) bt Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) 6-4, 6-4, 3-0 retired
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x22) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Gael Monfils (FRA x21) bt Karol Beck (SVK) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4
Regina Kulikova (RUS) bt Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ x32) 6-2, 6-4
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Vera Dushevina (RUS) 6-3, 6-4
Justine Henin (BEL x17) bt Kristina Barrois (GER) 6-3, 7-5
Marion Bartoli (FRA x11) bt Petra Martic (CRO) walkover
Greta Arn (HUN) bt Alicia Molik (AUS) 7-5, 6-4
Angelique Kerber (GER) bt Shahar Peer (ISR x13) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Kim Clijsters (BEL x8) bt Karolina Sprem (CRO) 6-3, 6-2
Maria Kirilenko (RUS x27) bt Shenay Perry (USA) 6-1, 6-4
Nadia Petrov (RUS x12) bt Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 6-3, 6-4