American Williams, chasing a third consecutive triumph at the
premier clay event in the Spanish capital, dispatched the
17-year-old Swiss, ranked 98th, 6-2 6-1 to set up a meeting with
unseeded Chinese Peng Shuai.
Bencic, the youngest player in the top 100, broke the Williams serve
once in the opening set but crumbled thereafter and lost her own
Williams was looking fresh after a month off following her
second-round defeat in Charleston and sealed victory with her 11th
ace of the match for her 13th consecutive win in the Spanish
"I was playing such a young player and she had nothing to lose and
she has such a bright future so it wasn’t very easy going out
there," Williams said in an interview made available by the WTA.
"But it feels good to get a win under my belt on clay," added the
32-year-old, a 17-times grand slam singles champion.
"I think I played well, I went for a lot of winners and they
actually went in so I was like wow.
"I love the crowd here, I love the Spanish. They just have so much
Williams was joined in the second round by Czech fifth seed Petra
Kvitova, who had a tough test against unseeded Romanian Sorana
Cirstea before coming through 6-1 5-7 7-6.
Seventh-seeded German Angelique Kerber was trailing French qualifier
Caroline Garcia 6-3 2-0 when she had to retire because of a back
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"I've been feeling my back for a few days now and felt it again in
the first set and it was getting worse as the match went on," Kerber
Maria Sharapova of Russia, the eighth seed, and 11th-seeded Serb Ana
Ivanovic also went through, seeing off Czech Klara Koukalova and
American Madison Keys respectively.
(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Ed Osmond)
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