/The Latest: Venus Williams into 3rd round of French Open

The Latest: Venus Williams into 3rd round of French Open


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Published 6:32 a.m. ET May 31, 2017 | Updated 4 minutes ago

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):

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12:55 p.m.

Ekaterina Makarova, who upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first round, could not follow up on her great performance and exited the French Open.

Playing against 42nd-ranked Lesia Tsurenko on the remote Court 16, Makarova lost 6-2, 6-2 after making 27 unforced errors and dropping her serve five times.

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12:40 p.m.

Venus Williams got off to a sluggish start but quickly found her range to beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 6-1 and reach the third round of the French Open.

The 10th-seeded Williams, a runner-up in Paris in 2002, trailed 3-1 in the opening set but then won seven consecutive games.

Williams is playing at Roland Garros for the 20th time, a record in the Open era.

“I love being here and I love playing on this court,” Williams said. “You never stop learning…

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