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Venus Williams - Elise Mertens
French Open women - 2 June 2017

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Venus Williams and Elise Mertens live with Eurosport. The match starts at 17:00 on 2 June 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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WILLIAMS 6-3 6-1 MERTENS: Elise Mertens manages to save one match point but she can't stop the inevitable. Great hitting from Venus, who was also excellent on serve.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 5-1 MERTENS: The fans are trying to invigorate Mertens, but she's doing her best and hitting the ball hard - it's just not good enough against an on-form Venus.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 4-1 MERTENS: Mertens allows Williams to get away from her with the first three points of the game, giving her just too much to do.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 3-1 MERTENS: Serena is in the crowd again, enjoying what looks like cheese and crackers.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 2-1 MERTENS: The Venus backhand is purring beautifully. Mertens is raising her game to deal with it, but still not quite enough.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 1-1 MERTENS: Blistering serving from Venus, just too much power behind it for Mertens to get to.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 0-1 MERTENS: This is much more confident from Mertens, hitting her backhand smoothly, and bolstered by some noisy Belgians in the crowd.

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WILLIAMS 6-3 MERTENS: 33 minutes gone and Williams blasts a quick service game down to wrap up the first set. The tenth seed isn't quite motoring yet, but she's doing enough.

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WILLIAMS 5-3 MERTENS: Is Elise Mertens trying to outmuscle Venus Williams? This seems to be a game plan that will ultimately prove a touch unsuccessful.

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WILLIAMS 5-2 MERTENS: Horrible game from Venus, throwing errors down the court and Mertens happily snaffles those.

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WILLIAMS 5-1 MERTENS: Venus swipes at thin air as Mertens's serve bounces low, losing her first break point. She nets the second - and converts the third.

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WILLIAMS 4-1 MERTENS: No hint of a smile or anything but 100 per cent focus from Venus. She's working her way through this first set and Mertens is going to be left behind.

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WILLIAMS 3-1 MERTENS: The Mertens serve looks very fragile, and Williams has no hesitation in crushing it.

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WILLIAMS 2-1 MERTENS: Double-fault from Venus, and Mertens breaks right back. We're on serve.

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WILLIAMS 2-0 MERTENS: Real pressure from Venus on the Mertens serve, working deliberately and methodically to get the first break.

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WILLIAMS 1-0 MERTENS: The rain falls as Venus gets us under way, serving to Mertens who's resplendent in stripes.

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