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Serena Williams advances at Key Biscayne

 Pablo Andujar, of Spain, returns to Viktor Troicki, of Serbia, during the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2013...
 Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, returns to Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla.,  T...
 Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a return to Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 2...
 Serena Williams leans back after overrunning the ball on shot from Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March...
 Serena Williams, of the United States, leans back after overrunning the ball on shot from Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tour...
 Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, hits a return to Serena Williams during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Pablo Andujar, of Spain, returns to Viktor Troicki, of Serbia, during the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2013...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, returns to Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., T...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a return to Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 2...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Serena Williams leans back after overrunning the ball on shot from Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March...

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Serena Williams, of the United States, leans back after overrunning the ball on shot from Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, during the Sony Open tennis tour...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, hits a return to Serena Williams during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (...

Playing again at No. 1, Serena Williams routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday in the second round of the Sony Open.
Williams is playing her first tournament since she regained the No. 1 ranking at the Qatar Open. Williams lost the Doha final to Victoria Azarenka, but overtook her for the top ranking the week of Feb. 11.
Williams trailed 40-0 in the first and fifth games in the first set, but went on to hold serve both times. In the first game, she uncharacteristically double-faulted on the first and third points.
"I don't think it was too much rust," Williams said. "I think I missed a few shots, but only because I was off footwork-wise. It's always just good to win a match and stay in the tournament and keep going."
Williams is trying to break the tournament record of five titles she shares with Steffi Graf.
"That would be really cool," Williams said. "I have a lot of matches to play. If I can just stay relaxed, I really feel like I can do it, but I'm sometimes my own worst enemy."
Sloane Stephens rallied to beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. Stephens is ranked 16th, the highest-ranked American after Williams.
Stephens won only four points in her three service games and 10 points overall in the opening set.
"I wasn't playing that great," Stephens said. "I was asleep out there. I definitely just needed to wake up and start playing. A lot just battling and just hanging in there."
Stephens will play the winner of the match between 32-year-old Venus Williams and 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the defending champion who is seeded fourth, defeated Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.
"Just very happy to have a quick match," Radwanska said. "The first match is always a little bit tough and tricky."


Updated : 2020-11-30 07:31 GMT+08:00