Venus Williams made a winning return to action at the Luxembourg Open
Venus Williams made a winning return to action as she swept past teenager Belinda Bencic at the Luxembourg Open.
Last Updated: 17/10/12 6:20am
The American veteran has not played competitively since her three-set loss to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the second round of the US Open at the tail end of August.
But she eased herself back with a comprehensive 6-3 6-1 triumph over 15-year-old Swiss talent Bencic to book a place in the second round.
Earlier in the day, top-seed Roberta Vinci of Italy beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus in three sets, remarkably winning the first and third without dropping a game on her way to a 6-0 2-6 6-0 success.
Jelena Jankovic advanced when China's Peng Shuai retired with a shoulder injury with the third-seeded Serb leading 3-0.
Second-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany beat Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-2, 6-1 and Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens beat fifth seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 3-6 6-3 6-1, while Sorana Cirstea of Romania was a convincing straight sets winner over Petra Martic of Croatia.