Venus Williams advances to second round in Hong Kong

Williams, second-seeded, defeated her Japanese opponent Risa Ozaki 6-4, 6-1.

Venus Williams Hong Kong Open

Venus Williams eased into the second round of Hong Kong Open on Monday.   -  Getty Images

U.S. tennis player Venus Williams kicked off her Hong Kong Open campaign in style by beating Japanese Risa Ozaki on Monday in the first round of the tournament.

Williams, second-seeded, defeated her Japanese opponent 6-4, 6-1.

The American managed to reach the semifinals last year, and will now play the second round against France’s Alize Cornet, who upset the other American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-2.

On the other hand, World No. 1 German Angelique Kerber will begin her journey at the Hong Kong Open against Greece’s Maria Sakkari, ranked 97th in the world.