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Women's round-up: Venus makes light work of Nara to make third round, Kvitova out

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USA's Venus Williams celebrates winning her second round match against Japan's Kurumi Nara

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ByTom Adams
31/05/2017 at 09:34 | Updated 31/05/2017 at 19:37
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Venus Williams roared into the third round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-1 demolition of Japan’s Kurumi Nara.

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The world number 11, who reached the final of the Australian Open, looked in dominant form on Philippe-Chatrier as she overwhelmed her opponent.

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"I love being here and I love playing on this court," Williams, who is playing her 20th French Open, said afterwards. "You never stop learning and that's what I love about the game."

She also went into an impromptu version of Destiny's Child 'Say my name'.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's comeback was cut short on Wednesday when she was dumped out of the French Open in a second round straight-sets defeat to doubles world number one Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

The 15th seed, returning this week from a five-month break after she was stabbed in her playing hand by a burglar in December, littered the court with 25 unforced errors as she lost 7-6 7-6.

But Kvitova declared her comeback mission a success despite visibly lacking match practice as Mattek-Sands chased her across the court, switching between baseline and net play.

"I was surprised how I played even though I lost," she told reporters. "I feel good. I did not have as much time to prepare as I wanted. But I feel good and happy that I am back."

"In the coming weeks it will be business as usual, focusing on the tennis and improving my game. I did not have any expectations here. I came here for my comeback. The mission is completed and I am happy.

"Coming to Roland Garros was one of the things to prepare for Wimbledon," Kvitova said. "It's a great tournament for me, I have the best memories I can have."

"I am glad it was not taken away from me to be there one more time. I will enjoy it more than previous years."

It was not a good day for Ekaterina Makarova, conqueror of top seed Angelique Kerber in round one but knocked out 6-2 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko in round two.

Former US Open champion Sam Stosur did make it through to round two, the 23rd seed beating Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 7-6(8/6).

Caroline Wozniacki continued her good form as the former world number one double-bageled Francoise Abanda 6-0, 6-0.

Results from the French Open Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Wednesday

Catherine Bellis (U.S.) beat 18-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 7-6(5)

11-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Francoise Abanda (Canada) 6-0 6-0

4-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2

Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat Cagla Buyukakcay (Turkey) 7-6(6) 6-4

27-Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-3 1-6 6-3

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) beat 15-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 7-6(5) 7-6(5)

23-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-2 7-6(6)

10-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Kurumi Nara (Japan) 6-3 6-1

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-2 6-2

Elise Mertens (Belgium) beat Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) 6-3 6-4

Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-3 6-2

32-Zhang Shuai (China) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 6-2 4-6 6-3

13-Kristina Mladenovic (France) beat Sara Errani (Italy) 6-2 6-3

30-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat Madison Brengle (U.S.) 6-0 6-2

Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) beat 6-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 6-4 6-3

32-Zhang Shuai (China) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 6-2 4-6 6-3

8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Oceane Dodin (France) 7-6(5) 5-7 6-3

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