The 13th-seeded American, who had been scheduled to team up
with sister Serena, was close to tears as she talked about the
injury that also saw her skip her only warm-up tournament in
Auckland two weeks ago.
Her win over Swiss 26-year-old Voegele, ranked 112th in the
world, was achieved in one hour and 23 minutes and set up a
third round meeting with Duan Yingying.
"I'm managing it," Venus told reporters of the elbow problem. "I
was really disappointed not to be able to play in New Zealand.
"I was hoping to have the capacity to play both events here, but
at this point I just need to be careful and just try to maintain
Williams is making her 17th appearance at the Australia Open,
where she reached the final in 2003. She was knocked out in the
first round in 2016 by Britain's Johanna Konta.
The world number 17 will have disappointed fans who had hoped to
see a repeat of the sisters' winning performance at Wimbledon
The duo have taken home the Australian Open doubles title four
times but the last one came in 2010.
The 36-year-old, the oldest player in the women's draw, was
asked in a courtside interview about the changes she has seen in
tennis over the last two decades.
"I have to talk about this every interview," she joked.
"Iíve played against some of the greats, Steffi Graf. Iíve even
had a chance to play against Martina Navratilova so itís been an
honor and a privilege to I guess start that young and, play this
old," she added laughing.
"This is the big leagues, we get out here and itís all focus but
at the end, you have a moment to enjoy the crowd. I love it, I
got to be honest, itís true love."
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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