Returning Serena starts clay campaign with routine Rome win

first_img Next Reuters RomeMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 21:52 IST Serena Williams beat Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Italian Open. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Italian OpenThis was Serena’s event since exiting the Miami Open due to a knee injuryItalian Open is Serena’s only 4th tournament of the seasonSerena Williams began her French Open preparations with a routine 6-4 6-2 victory over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in the opening round of the Italian Open on Monday.Williams was back in action in only her fourth tournament of the season and the first since being forced to withdraw from the Miami Open in March due to a knee injury.The 37-year-old American fell behind 3-1 but recovered with a string of powerful groundstrokes from the baseline, clinching five of the next six games for the opening set.Peterson, the world number 64, dug deep to grab two break points in the final game of the match but Williams saved both, before wrapping up the win in an hour and 15 minutes.Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam singles champion, has finished runner-up at two of the last three majors but been unable to add to her tally since returning to the sport following the birth of her first child in 2017.Williams, who has dropped to number 11 in the world rankings, will next face the winner of the first round clash between her sister Venus and reigning Qatar Open champion Elise Mertens.After an opening round exit at the Madrid Open last week, former world number one Garbine Muguruza scored her first win in over a month as she eased past China’s Zheng Saisai 6-3 6-4.Also Read | ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic extends lead over Rafael Nadal after Madrid winAlso Read | Novak Djokovic wins third Madrid Open as Stefanos Tsitsipas runs out of steamAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Italian Open 2019Follow Serena WilliamsFollow French Open Returning Serena starts clay campaign with routine Rome winItalian Open: Returning from a knee injury, Serena Williams kick started her French Open preparations on a positive note by a first-round win in Rome.advertisementlast_img

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