American sisters Venus and Serena Williams opened their bid for the Sony Ericsson Open title with victories over Israeli Shahar Peer and American Alexa Glatch.
Serena is currently tied with German Steffi Graff as a five-time title holder of the Sony Ericsson Open tournament. Should she defend her title, she would set a record at six.
As expected, Serena’s match with Glatch posed little difficulty. In just over an hour she took the match 6-2, 6-3.
“I think Alexa played well today. I thought she had a really good game to watch, a really different game. You don’t see that type of tennis being played too much, since a few years, or several years. I think she has a really good game. She’s really young, so she has a bright future.
“I think I played okay. I definitely think I could have played better. But just a little jitters going out there, the first round no one wants to go out.”
Later on big sister Venus hit the courts and had to work a bit before she got into her stride, Peer initially went up 3-0.
Post match Venus said, “At that point I’m thinking I’ve got to get started. It was only one break, and I haven’t played in almost four weeks, so just a little bit of a slow start. But I always felt confident.”
Venus and Serena are on opposite sides of the draw, but in the same half, which sets up the possibility of them meeting in the semifinals.
Of that potential meeting Venus said, “she’s obviously a great player and if I can beat her, then that means I’m on top of the game, so I hope we can meet in the semifinals.”
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