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Venus beats Mattek-Sands to reach 2nd round

First published: August 29, 2012, 2:49 AM IST | Updated: August 29, 2012
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Venus beats Mattek-Sands to reach 2nd round
Williams defeated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1.

New York: Venus Williams overcame an early deficit for an easy win in her return to the US Open.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of the tournament before her second-round match last year because of an autoimmune disease. Williams was back on Tuesday, and she beat fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1.

Williams, unseeded with a ranking of No. 46, was broken in her first game. But after going down 0-2 in the first set, she won 12 of the last 14 games.

She'll next face sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber.

Mattek-Sands is ranked 212th after a series of injuries this year and got in on a wild card.

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