Pan Pacific Open: Easy opener for Venus Williams in Japan
Last Updated: September 22, 2013 12:23pm
Venus Williams: American through to the second round in Tokyo where she will face top seed Victoria Azarenka
Venus Williams made light work of Mona Barthel losing just four games as she cruised into the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The five-time Wimbledon champion - now ranked No 62 in the world - beat her German opponent 6-1 6-3 in just 64 minutes.
The 33-year-old American broke serve six times in all, and clinched an easy victory by reeling off 13 of the last 14 games.
Her reward for seeing off the world No 34 is a second round clash with top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have both pulled out of the tournament citing tiredness and a right-shoulder injury respectively.