Simply the best, Venus rocks into Wimbledon second round

London: It is a fair bet Venus Williams spent more time designing her Tina Turner-inspired dress than she spent dispatching first-round opponent Rossana de los Rios at Wimbledon on Monday.

The Paraguayan was sent packing 6-3, 6-2 with the minimum of fuss by the five-times champion late on the opening day of the tournament.

Williams sauntered on to court displaying a white lacy outfit, a far cry from the risque black garment she sported at the French Open last month.

"Here it`s all about white, there is no illusion," Williams explained.

"My dress was inspired by Tina Turner... it`s a fun elegant dress. I love Tina Turner, she`s an amazing artist, a survivor and re-invented herself. I`ve loved her forever."

Rock artist Turner has packed a vocal punch throughout her long musical career. At the All England Club on Monday De los Rios was on the receiving end of a tennis knockout.

On a day that marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and the longest hours of daylight, Venus was in a hurry to finish off her prey before the light faded.

"Everything was pretty straightforward today. I`ve been practising on the grass since Wednesday. So I feel like I had a good feel for it. I was just ready to go for it," she said.

Williams raced into a 5-0 lead in the opening set before de los Rios stemmed the tide. The American also went 5-0 up in the second before her concentration again briefly wandered.

"I just tried to play aggressive... the points were pretty quick. It`s good to get in before it got dark."

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