Venus canters into third round in Paris

By Miles Evans

Wearing an eye-catching black lace corset-style outfit, the second seed bossed most of the rallies as a stiff breeze lashed an overcast Court Philippe Chatrier, coming through in an hour and 35 minutes.

Santonja, who has an unusual double-handed grip on both wings, extended the American with some deft groundstrokes before Williams broke decisively in game seven of the second set, sealing the win when Santonja ballooned a return long.

She next faces Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova or Varvara Lepchenko of the United States in the third round.

(Editing by Martyn Herman)