Williams, whose final singles victory got here on the 2021 French Open, needed to battle exhausting to beat Párrizas Díaz in shut to 2 hours, regardless of what the straight-sets scoreline may counsel.
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 guess there’s just a light at the end of the tunnel … Lately, that’s been it for me. I can’t wait to get to that light.”
“I love playing though, so it’s amazing. But, you know, I can’t do this forever,” she added. “Sometimes, you just want to try your best to enjoy the moments and do the best that you can.”
Towards Párrizas Díaz, Williams confirmed indicators of her trademark ball hanging 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.