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Venus dismisses Dodin under the lights at US Open

NEW YORK, NY, USA - No.9 seed Venus Williams showed marked improvement in her night session debut at the 2017 US Open, knocking out big-hitting Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin, 7-5, 6-4, to reach the third round in Flushing Meadows.

Williams is one of seven women still in the running towards becoming the WTA's next top ranked player, needing to win the title to have a chance to returning to WTA World No.1 for the first time since 2002. After needing three sets to get past Grand Slam debutante Viktoria Kuzmova, the American was much sharper against Dodin, a big stage player who already claimed a win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier this spring.

Two-time champion Venus Williams made it into the third round after a straight sets win over French youngster Oceane Dodin to kick off the night session on Day 3 at the US Open.
Falling behind 2-5 in each set, Dodin made late pushes but Williams proved too experienced under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, striking 32 winners to just 14 unforced errors against the the 20-year-old's 20 winners and 27 errors.

Standing between Venus and a spot and the second week is Greek No.1 Maria Sakkari, who outsteadied Aussie wildcard Arina Rodionova in straight sets.

Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/venus-dismisses-dodin-under-lights-us-open

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