Tennis: Williams reaches 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open

AP, Sunday 22 Sep 2013

Venus Williams advances to second round of Pan Pacific Open after beating Germany's Mona Barthel on Sunday

Venus Williams
Venus Williams of the U.S (Photo: Reuters)

Venus Williams overpowered Mona Barthel of Germany 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open.

Williams needed just 1 hour, 4 minutes at Ariake Colosseum to dispatch Barthel and set up a second-round matchup with top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who has a first-round bye.

Top-ranked Serena Williams, who won her 17th Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open, pulled out of the $2.3 million tournament, saying she needed time to recover from a busy summer playing schedule.

No. 3-ranked Maria Sharapova also pulled out of the Tokyo tournament because of a right-shoulder injury that kept her out of the U.S. Open.

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