Lisicki routs Venus Williams at rain-hit Rogers Cup

Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:10am EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - After a long rain delay Germany's Sabine Lisicki made quick work of Venus Williams, strolling into the second round of the Rogers Cup on Monday after routing the American 6-0 6-3.

Rain wiped out most of the opening day action but play finally resumed on the Toronto hardcourts late in the evening following a nine-hour wait with Williams and Lisicki walking out onto a near empty center court.

For those who waited out the storm, the reward was brief as Lisicki needed just 66 minutes to dismiss the 14th seed.

"It's always tough after a long rain delay, you don't know if you are ever going to get onto the court and with a tough match against Venus," said Lisicki.

"It's always a pleasure to play her because you know you have to play well to beat her, so I'm really happy with my performance today."

Lisicki, who got her North American hard-court campaign off to a shaky start with a first-round loss last week at Stanford, came out looking sharper and ready to play, opening the match with a break.

Williams, trailing 3-0, had a chance to break back but could not convert as Lisicki held to forge further ahead.

Williams' resistance continued to crumble, with three straight double faults in the fifth game handing her   Continued...

Aug 10, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Sabine Lisicki of Germany hits a shot against Venus Williams of the United States during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports