Ser­ena serves up swift vic­tory

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Ser­ena Wil­liams, the 15time Grand Slam cham­pion, opened her 2013 sea­son Sun­day, need­ing less than an hour to beat fel­low Amer­i­can Var­vara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Bris­bane (Aus­tralia) In­ter­na­tional.

■ Venus Wil­liams and John Is­ner led the United States to a 2-1 vic­tory over South Africa at the Hop­man Cup mixed team com­pe­ti­tion in Perth, Aus­tralia. Venus, play­ing for the first time since win­ning at Lux­em­bourg in midOc­to­ber, ral­lied to de­feat 60th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Af­ter Kevin An­der­son beat Is­ner 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5), the match came down to mixed dou­bles. Wil­liams

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