Williams sisters cruise at Charleston

2012-04-04 07:01

Serena and Venus Williams made a successful transition to clay yesterday, easing through their opening matches with straight-set victories at the WTA Tour’s Charleston tournament.

Fifth seed Serena, the 2008 Charleston champion, hammered 11 aces in overpowering last year’s runner-up Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match at the $740 000 (about R5.7 million) event.

“I really love the clay. I feel like it suits my game,” said Serena, who was playing her first match on the surface in almost two years. “I don’t have to go crazy and move my feet so much.

“And it’s no different from hard or grass – I should be able to play the same and do the same, if not better, because I have more time.”

World No 87 Venus, who returned to the tour last month in Miami after being out seven months due to illness, needed just 79 minutes to dispatch qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3, in the first round.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus is fresh off an impressive comeback showing in Miami, where she won the first four matches of her return.

“Miami was definitely a whirlwind,” Venus said yesterday. “A lot of times I ended up the victor at the end of these matches and I didn’t really know how it happened.” 

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