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French Open - Venus makes swift work of Mertens to roll back the years again
June 2, 2017 / 7:53 PM / in 5 months

French Open - Venus makes swift work of Mertens to roll back the years again

PARIS (Reuters) - Evergreen Venus Williams stayed in contention for a shot at a maiden French Open crown, continuing to roll back the years with a 6-3 6-1 third-round demolition of Elise Mertens on Friday.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2017 USA's Venus Williams in action during her third round match against Belgium's Elise Mertens Reuters / Christian Hartmann

American Williams, seeded 10th and competing in her 20th French Open, powered 22 winners and converted six of 13 break points as she picked apart the 60th-ranked Belgian in just over an hour.

Momentum appears to be building for Williams as she attempts to win a title she came closest to lifting in 2002, when she was beaten in the final by her younger sister Serena.

Williams, a seven-times grand slam singles champion who turns 37 this month, will play Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky for a place in the quarter-finals.

Reporting by John Stonestreet, editing by Ed Osmond

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