Serena Williams opens clay season with easy win

Serena Williams opens clay season with easy win

Serena Williams will take on sister Venus in the second round of the Italian Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor - now ranked 11th - also withdrew from Indian Wells in March complaining of illness. Serena holds an 18-12 lead and she won the most recent meeting when she defeated Venus in the third round of the 2018 U.S. Open. "We'll also play at night tomorrow so hopefully we can get a good crowd and make things exciting".

'When you're sedentary it becomes hard to manage your body so basically you have to just eat grass. "I haven't played a ton of matches this year", Williams said.

"I haven't been able to train or practice a lot, I was out much longer than I expected", she explained. I really, really desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing, but it hasn't been able to work out. 'It's been terrible. I've been working as hard as I could keeping up my cardio as much as I could with a knee injury'. It's been terrible. When you're sedentary, it becomes hard to manage your body.

Peterson made one last stand in the final game - engineering two break points - but the American stood strong, saving both as she worked her way towards match point, converting her second to edge over the finish line.

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The 23-time grand slam champion will do battle with her older sibling 21 years after their only other previous match in Rome, which Venus won at the quarter-final stage. I feel like I'm taking it one day at a time.

In the meantime she is enjoying sharing her favourite sites in Rome with her daughter Olimpia who turns two in September.

As seen of late, Edmund was playing well enough to a certain point, but his confidence has descended to such a level that he lost 10 straight games from when the winning post came into sight.

Said Serena, "I vaguely remember that, so I don't really remember", she said". Obviously the pasta and the food.

"But then I thought I did a pretty good job in the tiebreaker just staying ahead, being a little bit more comfortable and relaxed, being able to close it out once I finally got that last match point". It will be the 31 time that they've played each other. This is her only preparatory tournament for the French Open and early last week she was seen in a stunning yellow dress attending the Met Gala in NY.