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V.Williams wins opening night match at U.S. Open

2010-08-31 03:10:44 GMT2010-08-31 11:10:44 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Venus Williams of the U.S. celebrates her opening night match victory over Roberta Vinci of Italy during the U.S. Open tennis tournament New York, August 30, 2010. Reuters photo

Venus Williams, of the United States, celebrates her 6-4, 6-1 win over Roberta Vinci of Italy on the first day of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NewYork, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. AP photo

NEW YORK – Venus Williams showed some effects of a troublesome knee but displayed enough of her trademark power to beat Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-1 in the opening night match of the U.S. Open on Monday.

Twice former champion Williams winced after landing on her left leg while striking a swinging forehand volley in the first set but the third-seeded American battled on in her first match since Wimbledon.

Williams, the top American in the draw since her sister and world number one Serena Williams did not enter the championship due to a foot injury, blasted in 10 aces under the lights on the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court..

The 30-year-old Williams will next meet Canadian Rebecca Marino, who beat Ksenia Pervak of Russia in her first-round match.

(Agencies)

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