2015 Australian Open Venus Williams continues winning ways

Venus Williams continued her winning ways, the Auckland champion moving into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday.

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One-time finalist Venus Williams scratched her way to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor to kick off her Australian Open.

Williams, seeded 18th, hit 20 winners and served at 68 per cent in a convincing enough performance, although she did battle early - and also trailed by a break in the second set on Hisense Arena.

But a strong finish saw Williams - finalist at Melbourne Park in 2003 - reel off the final five games of the match to cruise into round two.

It took Williams 14 points to secure her first hold of serve, and only four to break as she accrued an early lead.

The Auckland champion displayed some crisp ball-striking, but was also on the receiving end of some counter-punches from her Spanish opponent - the first set winner count read 9-7 in the American's favour.

Torro-Flor blew all three of her break-point chances in the long opening game, and did not create another for the remainder of the set as Williams took control to win the first in 33 minutes.

The second set, though, was a different story as the world number 89 broke in the third game to take the lead - Williams dropping into a 0-40 hole, and after saving one break point, she double-faulted on the next.

The advantage would be short-lived, however, as Williams set up a break-point opportunity with a swinging forehand volley winner - and a long forehand from Torro-Flor squared the set at 2-2.

Williams then got the crucial break in the sixth game, with four unforced errors from Torro-Flor helping her to the two-game lead.

The seven-time major winner made light work of the remainder, wrapping up the win in one hour three minutes.

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