Serena struggles early, then cruises at Aussie Open

Melbourne, Australia ( – World No. 1 Serena Williams had
to shake off a slow start before dispatching Vera Zvonareva in Thursday’s
second round of the Australian Open.

Williams trailed late in the first set before ultimately taking a 7-5, 6-0 win
over the unseeded Zvonareva of Russia.

It was a rematch of the 2010 Wimbledon final between the two, a match that
Williams won 6-3, 6-2.

Sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska dispatched Johanna Larsson 6-0, 6-1 to also
move on in Melbourne.

Serena’s sister, Venus, who was a finalist at the 2003 Aussie Open, had a much
easier time defeating fellow American Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-3.

Tournament officials confirmed on Wednesday that the Williams sisters pulled
out of their doubles draw, but they did not specify a reason.

In other action, 24th-seeded Garbine Muguruza defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-1,
1-6, 6-0, while Swiss Timea Bacsinszky beat Anna Tatishvili 6-7 (5-7), 6-3,
6-2 and Italian Camila Giorgi eased past Tereza Smitkova 6-1, 6-4.