Ser­ena Wil­liams wins opener in Key Bis­cayne

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.”

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