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Serena Williams wins first-rounder in Sweden

July 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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BASTAD, Sweden, July 16 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams sailed through her first-round match Tuesday at the Collector Swedish Open clay-court tennis tournament.

Williams, in her first match since her career-best 34-match winning streak was broken in the fourth round at Wimbledon, defeated Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-2 in 64 minutes. Williams was good on just half of her first serves and faced five breaks points -- winning four.

However, she took 55 percent of the points when receiving serve and finished off five of her eight break chances.

Qualifier Andrea Gamiz stunned fourth-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-3 with five breaks. Gamiz also won more than half (31-of-60) of the points when Pironkova served and lost her serve once in the match.

No. 3-seeded Klara Zakopalova needed just 48 minutes to dispatch Ellen Allgurin 6-1, 6-1. Both the games she lost came on breaks but she finished off 7-of-10 of her own break chances.

Sixth-seeded Lesia Tsurenko topped Anastasia Grymalska 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

Also Tuesday, Anna Tatishvili beat Belinda Bencic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Teliana Pereira defeated Dinah Pfizenmaier 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; Richel Hogenkamp got by Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3; Nina Bratchikova advanced over Lesley Kerkhove 6-3, 6-1; Mathilde Johansson took a 6-2, 6-3 decision from Julia Cohen; and Alexandra Dulgheru beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.

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