Svitolina lost just three games to Williams. In the starting set the Ukrainian was in the lead 5-0, but Williams managed to win two games, ending the first set 6-2, btu.org.ua reports.
At the beginning of the second set Elina was also ahead. Venus had an opportunity chance to break back quickly when it was 1-2, but the American did not use her chance. The Ukrainian did not feel any problems after that and just increased the lead.
Svitolina's next opponent at the tournament will be fourth seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain who defeated Australia's Ashleigh Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.