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Venus Williams enters third round of French Open

Venus Williams enters third round of French Open

As for Williams's return, in case you're wondering how sharp she will be next January, remember that she won her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant.

Serena cheered on Venus from the players' box on Court Philippe Chatrier, and there was plenty for the Williams family to celebrate as the 10th seed eased to a 6-3 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara.

Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: "She's going to call me her favourite aunt". It's unbelievable. It's something very special that if you love the sport you can do it.

Next up is either Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp or Belgian Elise Mertens.

"Well, I don't like to talk too much, so my mouth will always be shut", Williams said, smiling. "It was a little bit tricky there, but, you know, just try to still control the match. But I feel good and happy that I am back".

Serena Williams is at the French Open, after all - but as a spectator, not a competitor. "It's miracle. Not even me or Petra thought she could be ready to come back so soon", said her coach, Jiri Novak.

"I felt better than in the first round, that's exactly what I wanted", he said. "Having the opportunity to play 20 of these tournaments helped me a lot". Must be an interesting feeling to say the least. The rout continued for Nara as she lost her sixth successive game, getting broken after the American fired four winners in five points to get the early lead in the second set.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled to keep up with the score at the end of her first-round victory over Christina McHale.

Elsewhere on what's expected to be a sweltering opening day in Paris, world number one Angelique Kerber starts against experienced Russian player Ekaterina Makarova.

However, the defending champion, Garbine Muguruza, who survived a big scare, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, against Anett Kontaveit, remains the likely quarter-final opponent.

There were a couple of surprises: No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by 114th-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, while 18-year-old Californian CiCi Bellis defeated No. 18 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5).

During a French Open television interview with Eurosport on Wednesday, Venus used the term "she" when referring to the child, who is due later this year.

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