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Venus Williams advances with three-set win at Montreal' Rogers Cup

  • Venus Williams celebrates after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, in a first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Venus Williams celebrates after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, in a first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, makes a return to Venus Williams in a first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, makes a return to Venus Williams in a first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Venus Williams returns to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia,  during her first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Venus Williams returns to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, during her first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)  (The Associated Press)

Venus Williams rebounded from a shaky second set to defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Scoreboards went dark due to a power outage that affected 200,000 customers in the area, but the matches were able to go on as scheduled.

Elena Vesnina stepped in as a replacement for the ailing Andrea Petkovic and beat Camila Giorgi 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Petkovic, the 16th seed, was unable to play because she was sick.

"I pushed it back until the end and really tried to get healthy," she said in a statement. "But I had a temperature and a fever and it's too risky to play like that in these kinds of conditions.