Venus made a successful start to her campaign in South Carolina, beating
Venus, who has recently returned from a long injury absence and received a wild card to take part in Charleston, showed signs of form, slamming down six aces and winning 76 per cent of points on her first serve to brush aside an opponent to whom she has never lost.
"My serve felt great," Williams said. "I was still adjusting to the surface. Every clay court plays differently, the stadium can play different from the grandstand, I hadn't played on stadium yet, and you don't really slide a lot on that court anyway, so I was just getting the feel of the footing. But it was a good start."
She will face seventh seed
Fifth-seeded Serena served imperiously on her way past Russia's Vesnina, the American firing down 11 aces in her first match on clay for over a year.
"I forgot I hadn’t played on clay in so long," Serena said. "I feel like it really suits my game. I don’t have to, you know, go crazy and move my feet so much. I guess I hit a lot of aces and I don’t know why. I pretty much just go for my serve and do the best I can."
Victory for the younger Williams, appearing in Charleston for the first time since winning the tournament in 2008, keeps her on course for a potential meeting with her sister in the semi-finals.
Also in the second round, fourth seed
2011 US Open champion
Stosur's Australian countrywoman
In other first round action, 12th seed
Another US winner was
Kiwi 17th seed