Wil­liams cruises through first round of Olympics ten­nis

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WORLD No 1 Serena Wil­liams pro­gressed through the first round off the Rio Olympics ten­nis yes­ter­day de­spite an er­ror-strewn strewn per­for­mance that was not helped by windy con­di­tions that de­layed play on most of the smaller ten­nis nis courts.

Wil­liams won 6-4 6-2 against Aus­tralia’s Daria Gavrilova, ranked 42 in the world, but she was far from her best.

The 34-year-oldd grew in­creas­ingly frustrated as the match wore on bu­tut was rarely threat­ened by Gavrilova on cen­tre court.

A rip­ping wind d de­layed the start of most ten­nis matches on the sec­on­de­cond day, while even those play­ing on the more pro­tect­ed­cted Cen­tre Court fell foul to the con­di­tions.

“That was first time of my life that I play in (such) ter­ri­ble con­di­tions. ns. The wind was so fast and the match be­come soo ugly,” said Thomaz Bel­lucci,ucci, the top-ranked Brazil­ia­nian who opened on cen­tre e court. “It was al­most im­pos­si­ble.”pos­si­ble.”

Bel­lucci, ranked d 55 in the world, scrapedd through into the sec­ond roundound after Ger­many’s Dustinn Brown rolled his an­kle and had to re­tire de­spite leadingead­ing 6-4 4-5.

Gusts of wind al­solso caused havoc with fans as their plas­tic cups were sent fly­ing and um­brel­las at foodood ta­bles had to be low­eredd in case they over­turned.

Top seeds No­vak Djokovic, Andy Mur­ray, and Rafael Nadal were also due to play yes­ter­day. — Su­perS­port

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