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Venus Williams Beats Italy’s Vinci In Straight Sets

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NEW YORK (AP) — Playing for the first time in two months, Venus Williams beat Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-1 Monday night to reach the U.S. Open’s second round.

The No. 3-seeded Williams hit 10 aces, reaching 126 mph, and earned her 200th career victory in a Grand Slam match. Two of her seven major titles came at the U.S. Open, in 2000 and 2001.

She hadn’t competed since being upset in the Wimbledon quarterfinals June 29. After taking time off to rest, Williams sprained her left knee cap shortly before she was supposed to play in a hard-court tuneup tournament this month.

Williams winced after landing awkwardly on her left leg early in the second set against Vinci.

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