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Serena Williams opens season with a win v Petkovic

Serena Williams opens new season with a straight sets win over Petkovic at Brisbane

Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts after missing a shot in her second round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the Brisbane International tenni...
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia reacts after winning a point in her second round match against Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan during the Brisbane Internati...

Australia Brisbane International Tennis

Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts after missing a shot in her second round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the Brisbane International tenni...

Australia Brisbane International Tennis

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia reacts after winning a point in her second round match against Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan during the Brisbane Internati...

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams' first competitive match of the season, on New Year's Eve, was by no means perfect, but a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player with a career-high ranking of No. 9.

Top-ranked Williams was understandably below her best after the offseason. She did a quick little dance behind the baseline in the first set to remind herself to move her feet, and after a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths.

She also netted a service return on her first match point, but still did enough to progress.

Top-ranked Williams started 2013 in Brisbane with a title, the first of 11 for the year that included two major championships. She's back with the aim of carrying the momentum into 2014. She's already into the quarterfinals.


Updated : 2021-03-02 01:10 GMT+08:00