Venus opens Rogers Cup with blowout win

Venus Williams of the United States tosses the ball to serve during second round of play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Wednesday July 27, 2016 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) Venus Williams opened play in the Rogers Cup on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Barbora Strycova.

Playing her last event before the Rio Olympics, the 36-year-old Williams finished off the overmatched Czech player in 58 minutes. Williams was coming a loss to Britain's Johanna Konta on Sunday in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in California.

"It was definitely more straightforward than some of our other matches," Williams said. "I'm never happy with my matches. Even an easy scoreline is never enough. But it's about figuring out how to win instead of playing perfect."


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