DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Venus Williams posted a straight-set win Monday in first-round play of the WTA's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Williams defeated Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-2 in just more than an hour. Williams fired off 10 aces and faced only one break point on the day. She ended up winning 70 percent of the points on serve, losing 15 points over nine games serving.
Ekaterina Makarova outlasted Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 in the only match Monday that went three sets. Makarova had 18 break opportunities, finishing off eight of them. She was 2-for-2 in break chances in the third set.