Venus marches on despite late stumble

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Venus Williams romped through to the third round of the Australian Open with a comfortable 6-2 7-5 victory over Austria's Sybille Bammer Thursday.

The sixth-seeded American raced through the first set in just 39 minutes but encountered stiffer resistance from the left-handed Bammer in the second.

Williams, however, suffered another slight lapse in concentration that allowed Bammer to break back and then level before the American was able to hold serve and claim victory when the Austrian blasted a forehand long.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O'Brien)