Williams beats defending champion Bertens to reach third round of Cincinnati Open

Venus Williams was pushed all the way to a deciding tie-break (PA Images)
21:39pm, Tue 13 Aug 2019
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Venus Williams has defeated last year's Cincinnati Open champion Kiki Bertens to advance to the third round.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner broke twice in the opening set but lost three games on her own serve in the second as her Dutch opponent sent the match into a decider. 

And the final set lasted over an hour as a break apiece led to a winner-take-all tie-breaker.

Crucially, Williams rushed into a 3-0 lead and held on to win the tie-break 7-4 and move into the next round.

The American will now play either Donna Vekic or Victoria Azarenka for a place in the quarter-finals.

Williams has had a mixed season so far in 2019, winning 15 matches and losing 10, but has been knocked out in the first round of both the French Open and Wimbledon.