|Serena Williams of the United States poses with the Brisbane city in the background for photo session at Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)|
Serena Williams wins 1st match back after layoff
BRISBANE, Australia—Serena Williams won in her first match since losing the U.S. Open final last September, beating Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-2, 6-3 on Monday at the Brisbane International.
Williams had her service broken in the opening game before settling in. She needed just 68 minutes to advance, firing seven aces and taking advantage of eight double-faults by Scheepers.
In other matches, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic beat Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-3, 6-3 and American Vania King beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-3, 6-4.
Sam Stosur, who beat Williams for the U.S. Open title last September, plays her opening match at Pat Rafter Arena on Monday night.
Top-seeded Andy Murray plays his opening men's match on Tuesday.