American Venus Williams commented on her victory over Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the first round of the tournament in Auckland. “One of the hardest matches of the first round I ever played. Victoria has a lot of experience, and considering that this is the first match of the year … My goal was to just go on. These matches are useful to the Australian Open. Honestly, in the first match you just want to catch the rhythm. For the second year in a row I meet with the ex-first racket of the world at the first meeting. In the end, you just need to tune. As for Lauren Davis, she is very talented and had a great performance here last year. The rivalry will be stubborn. I really respect her and her game. I will try to prepare well and win another victory, “- quoted Venus WTA press service.