Top seed Venus Williams is through to the second round in Quebec City, where she will continue her campaign through the draw against qualifier Olga Savchuk. This will mark the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
While the 17-year-old Canadian wildcard Francoise Abanda got off to a great start and led Venus 3-1 in the opening set, she was unable to maintain that momentum and eventually allowed Williams to find her range and close out the match 7-5, 6-3.
“I definitely expected a really competitive match,” Williams said. “I saw Francoise play in Montréal, I was actually rooting for her, she was playing so well and got so close. So I figured she’d come out and really play well. Most of the opponents that I play against come out and play well against me.
“The first set was just one break at the end. And the second set I think I was able to get a little bit more rhythm on her game, because I hadn’t played her before. I started to understand what her game was about and really use my experience out there. But I have to say she really played amazing.”
Ukrainian qualifier Olga Savchuk ousted Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski in the opening round on Tuesday in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, facing little resistance hin her match. She is taking part in her fourth WTA level event this season and will be taking a enormous step up in competition when she faces Williams on Thursday.
Since Williams has overcome her first obstacle with relative ease, we can expect a similar result against Savchuk, who has never faced a competitor of Venus’ caliber. The American is the top seed at this event and is significantly more capable than the remainder of the draw. Even though she has only had one match on carpet so far this season, it will likely not stand in the way of her winning another career title.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Straight Sets