Serena serves up swift victory
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