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Serena wins opener at Family Circle Cup
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Less than three days after claiming the prestigious Sony Open in Miami, Serena Williams showed the level of thirst she still has when it comes to winning matches. The 31-year-old veteran has not showed any signs of slowing down during her match against Camila Giorgi in her opener at the Family Circle Cup.
Though Serena was not absolutely thrilled with her performance, the defending champion fired nine aces and did not commit a single double-fault on her way to 6-2, 6-3 victory against the Italian at the Premier-level WTA tournament.
After the match, Serena said, “It definitely wasn't great for me - I played well, but I wasn't great, footing-wise.” The American who shifted from the hard courts in Miami to the clay-courts of Charleston also added, “I was just trying to get my stability. I only had one or two days of practice. But I felt good - I'm glad I came here and hope I can get ready for what can hopefully be another good clay court season.”
With the victory, Williams has now 67 wins of her last 71 matches beginning from the last edition of this same event.
In another second round match of the tournament, eighth-seeded Mona Barthel missed an opportunity to win the first set and led opponent Jessica Pegula to beat her 7-6, 6-1. The American qualifier who got plenty of practice on the green clay before getting into the match against the 22-year-old German had earlier saved four first set points.
Pegula later said, “It's an advantage, especially when she had a first round bye and everyone has been on hardcourt.” The World No. 75 also added, “Every once in a while a lot of these girls are qualifying and then doing well, and they'll probably keep doing well because they have had a couple matches on the stuff. It really helps.”
For 19-year-old Pegula, the victory against Barthel was her the second of two WTA main draw-level wins of her career.
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