Williams, whose final singles victory got here on the 2021 French Open, needed to battle onerous to beat Párrizas Díaz in shut to 2 hours, regardless of what the straight-sets scoreline may recommend.
The 23-time grand slam champion dropped her serve simply as soon as within the match, however saved seven break factors — together with 4 when she trailed 3-4 within the second set — to carry off Párrizas Díaz, ranked No. 57 on the planet.
It means Williams will face both Belinda Bencic or Tereza Martincova within the second spherical on Wednesday.
Requested on Monday what drives her to play at this late stage in her profession, Williams stated: “I assume there’s only a gentle on the finish of the tunnel … These days, that is been it for me. I am unable to wait to get to that gentle.”
“I really like enjoying although, so it is wonderful. However, , I am unable to do that eternally,” she added. “Typically, you simply need to strive your finest to benefit from the moments and do the very best that you could.”
Towards Párrizas Díaz, Williams confirmed indicators of her trademark ball putting as she hit 32 winners, seven of which have been aces.
The 42-year-old Venus was additionally in motion in Toronto on Monday however misplaced 6-2 6-3 to Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann.