Serena Williams wins opener in Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. | Serena Williams looked right at home, and not just because her purple dress matched the color of the court.
Playing in her backyard tournament for the first time since 2009, the five-time champion beat wild card Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open.
The victory marked Williams’ return to tournament tennis after a two-month absence.
It was her first match at Key Biscayne since she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the final three years ago.
“I was really nervous out there,” Williams said. “I haven’t played here for so long, and I wanted to do well. My worst fear actually was as long as I don’t hit a ball in the stands, I’ll be good. I didn’t do that today, so it worked out well for me.”