Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 5 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Serena opens season with impressive win over Lepchenko in Brisbane International
December 31, 2012
 Print    Send to Friend

BRISBANE: A pain-free Serena Williams sent an ominous warning to her rivals as she crushed fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday.

Third seed Williams, 31, pulled out of an exhibition tournament in Thailand last week amid concerns she had not fully recovered from a recent foot surgery.

But she looked in great touch against Lepchenko, who was never able to trouble Williams after squandering five break points in the opening game.

The 15-time grand slam winner quickly found her groove as she romped away to win in 59 minutes.

“My foot didn’t hurt today,” a relieved Williams said.

“I was a little nervous, but I was completely fine.

“I was excited to get an early start so just in case I did have any pain I could have tomorrow off, but everything was fine.”

Williams entered the tournament as firm favourite after a stellar second half of 2012, during which she won seven titles, including Wimbledon, the US Open, the WTA Championship and the Olympics.

“I love winning, and I feel like as long as I’m able to win some matches and do well, I’m really motivated to keep going,” she said.

“I just love being out there. I think going through what I went through a year and a half ago (when she suffered from severe foot injuries) really just made me realise that I get to do this and have fun.”

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova got her campaign off to an impressive start when she downed Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets.

Kvitova, the sixth seed, cruised through the first set and opened a 5-3 lead in the second, but was forced to hold off a Suarez Navarro fight back to win 6-3, 6-4 in 90 minutes.

The tall left hander had a stellar 2011 when she broke through to win Wimbledon along with five other WTA titles on her way to a career-high ranking of number two, having started the year at 34.

Agence France-Presse

 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Djokovic, Serena cruise; Hewitt exits
London: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time women’s winner Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday as organisers boosted security and wea..
Hingis backs Serena for calendar Slam
London: Martina Hingis backed Serena Williams’ bid to secure a calendar Grand Slam, saying the world number one would be even hungrier this time to secure the Wimbledon t..
Serena eyes calendar Grand Slam
London: Serena Williams arrives at Wimbledon for the latest stage of her bid for an historic calendar Grand Slam with the praise of her peers ringing in her ears. Will..
Wozniacki pulverises Petkovic, storms into Eastbourne semis clash with Swiss Bencic
Eastbourne: Caroline Wozniacki defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-1 on Thursday to set up an Eastbourne International semi-final against Swiss teenager Belinda Ben..
Djokovic, Serena top Wimbledon seedings
London: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named top seeds for Wimbledon on Wednesday as two-time champion Rafael Nadal was seeded at 10, his lowly status reflecting..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright