Venus Williams made a welcome return to the WTA tour on Tuesday in the evening session at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, after being sidelined with illness and injuries and has not played since the US Open. Now ranked at 41, she faced the 15 year old wild card holder Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, ranked at 618. Williams certainly showed some rust, as she allowed the teenager four games, winning 6-3 6-1 in an hour and eight minutes. She will next face Mona Barthel of Germany who defeated the home player Mandy Minella 7-5 6-0.
The day’s play started when third seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, took to the court to do battle with China’s Peng Shuai, who was unseeded. Jankovic started well, running up a 3-0 lead before Shuai retired with a right shoulder injury.
The tournament’s top seed this week, Italian number two and WTA ranked 15 Roberta Vinci, played in the second match on centre court against the Belarusian Olga Govortsova, ranked at number 56. In a very up and down match, the Italian took the three setter 6-0 2-6 6-0 in an hour and a half.
Next up on centre court were Germany’s Julia Goerges, ranked at 19 and the 2nd seed, against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain, ranked at number 84. This was revenge match for Goerges, as her opponent had beaten her the last time they met – and she made no mistake in this match, winning in straight sets 6-2 6-1 in less than an hour.