WTA Tour

Serena opens season with win

2013-12-31 08:44
Serena Williams (AFP)

Brisbane - Serena Williams's first competitive match of the season, on New Year's Eve, was by no means perfect, but a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player with a career-high ranking of No 9.

Top-ranked Williams was understandably below her best after the off-season. She did a quick little dance behind the baseline in the first set to remind herself to move her feet, and after a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths.

She also netted a service return on her first match point, but still did enough to progress.

Top-ranked Williams started 2013 in Brisbane with a title, the first of 11 for the year that included two major championships. She's back with the aim of carrying the momentum into 2014 and already into the quarter-finals.

Results of matches at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Tuesday (X denotes seed):

Men

First Round:

Jeremy Chardy (FRA X8) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Feliciano Lopez (ESP X6) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-4, 6-4
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Matthew Ebden (AUS) bt Alex Kuznetsov (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Women

Second Round:

Serena Williams (USA X1) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4, 6-4
Jelena Jankovic (SRB X4) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-1, 6-3
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK X9) bt Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.