World No. 1 Serena Williams served nine aces during her win in her first match this season on clay on Tuesday, beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of the $795,000 WTA Family Circle Cup.
Williams did not commit a double fault but took full advantage of 12 by her 85th-ranked rival to win after 82 minutes in her first match since capturing the WTA Miami crown last Saturday.
Next in the path of Williams, who was among eight top seeds to receive a first-round bye, is a third-round match against either Germany’s 15th-seeded Sabine Lisicki or US qualifier Mallory Burdette.
Others reaching the third round included Swiss Stefanie Voegele, who defeated Spanish seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4, and Romanian 11th seed Sorana Cirstea, who defeated Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues in a walkover.
Among first-round winners were Britain’s Laura Robson, who routed Spain’s Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2, 6-2 and New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic, who eliminated Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 7-6(2), 6-4.
Second round: Stefanie Voegele bt Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4; Serena Williams bt Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3; Sorana Cirstea w/o Anabel Medina Garrigues; Jessica Pegula bt Mona Barthel 7-6(4), 6-1; Varvara Lepchenko bt Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; Bethanie Mattek-Sands bt Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0.
First round: Sabine Lisicki bt Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-0; Marina Erakovic bt Daniela Hantuchova 7-6(2), 6-4; Jelena Jankovic bt Melanie Oudin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Laura Robson bt Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2, 6-2. — AFP