Serena Williams acquitted herself well in her first match since the US Open, easing past Pauline Parmentier at the ASB Classic.
WTA Staff
January 19, 2017

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - World No.2 Serena Williams won five straight games en route to her first match win since September, defeating French veteran Pauline Parmentier, 6-3, 6-4, to advance into the second round of the ASB Classic.

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"It's my first match back in several months and I was playing a really good player today," she said during her on-court interview.

 

 

"This wind was really getting to me! This whole week I practiced with no wind, but today it was so windy.

"But it was fun...well, it wasn't fun, but it was interesting!"

Serena was forced to miss much of the second half of 2016 due to injury - though she still managed to tie Stefanie Graf's Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon - and hadn't been on court since the US Open.

Overcoming a slow start, the American recovered from a 1-3 deficit to take the first set, and fought off three break points in the middle of the second to seal victory in one hour and 15 minutes.

 

 

"I'm feeling like I'm trying to get out there, and that every match counts. I've never played in front of you guys so this is really special for my career. I've never been here, so thanks for making me feel so welcome."

Up next for Serena is either Madison Brengle or qualifier Jamie Loeb, two Americans who could face the top seed.