Former world number one Venus Williams overcame a stuttering start to beat teenaged French wildcard Alize Cornet 6-4 6-3 and reach the second round of the French Open in Paris on Monday.

The match was delayed by almost three hours because of rain and Williams looked out of sorts early on. The pair were locked at 4-4 before the American, seeded 26, reeled off eight of the next 11 games for victory.

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