Venus Williams. Photo: Reuters

American Venus Williams defeated Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the second round of the tournament in Rome – 6:4, 6:3.

Also in the third round broke Timea Bacsinszky, who defeated Barbora Strycova from Czech Republic – 6:4, 6:2.

Rival Williams-senior will be Johanna konta from great Britain, but Bacsinszky will meet another Czech Karolina Pliskova.

The prize Fund of the tournament is 2 775 745 dollars, informs SE.