The busy Asian swing is continuing with the China Open and Serena Williams followed her last week’s disappointing retirement from the Wuhan Open with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the first round of the $5,427,105 tournament in Beijing.
The top-seeded Williams needed quite some time to warm up, almost suffering a bagel in the first set. The defending champion was three breaks down after 15 minutes of the match, 5-0 40-15, but then she won 13 of the next 15 games to make safe progress.
Next up for Williams is qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova, who advanced with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Maria Kirilenko. (photo: Jimmie48)
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