Tennis: Venus Williams braves gusty conditions in Miami Open 2nd-round win

 Venus Williams of USA in action against Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida on March 24, 2017.
Venus Williams of USA in action against Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida on March 24, 2017.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Venus Williams overcame windy weather and an unfamiliar opponent in Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia to reach the third round of the Miami Open on Friday.

After rain delays pushed her match well into the night, three-time champion Williams moved past her 20-year-old challenger 6-4, 6-3.

Williams told the Miami Herald she struggled with the windy conditions. "It wasn't easy out there, the wind felt like a gale force," she said.

"I never saw her before. I didn't know what to expect. I'm very impressed with her game and determination, and that will take her very far."

Top seed Angelique Kerber also prevailed in her evening match, beating Duan Yingying Duan 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, also advanced to the third round.

The sixth-seeded Spaniard trailed 46th-ranked American Christina McHale 6-0, 3-2 when play was suspended on Thursday but staved off a match point in the tie-break before emerging with an 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory.

Romanian third seed Simona Halep was pushed to three sets by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka before advancing 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, while American Madison Keys made quick work of Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-2.