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Serena eases into 2nd round in Madrid Open

By The Assam Tribune

MADRID, May 5 (IANS): World number one Serena Williams needed less than an hour on Monday to get her campaign for the Mutua Madrid Open off to a comfortable start with a 6-4, 6-0 win over fellow American Sloane Stephens, media reported on Tuesday.

Williams, despite a slow start, soon found her rhythm and Stephens had no answer to her power on the beaten clay of the Caja Magica center court, Xinhua reported.

Williams was joined in the second round by number five seed, Caroline Wozniachi, who nevertheless needed an hour and a half to dispatch qualifier Christina McHale 7-5, 6-0 after being made to dig deep in the first set which she won in the 12th game.

The morning saw good news for the womens� seeds as number 9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska needed just over an hour to win her match against Casey Dellaqua 6-2, 6-2, and 13th seed Lucie Safarova also had a sets (6-3, 6-1) win over Tsevlana Pironkova.

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Serena eases into 2nd round in Madrid Open

MADRID, May 5 (IANS): World number one Serena Williams needed less than an hour on Monday to get her campaign for the Mutua Madrid Open off to a comfortable start with a 6-4, 6-0 win over fellow American Sloane Stephens, media reported on Tuesday.

Williams, despite a slow start, soon found her rhythm and Stephens had no answer to her power on the beaten clay of the Caja Magica center court, Xinhua reported.

Williams was joined in the second round by number five seed, Caroline Wozniachi, who nevertheless needed an hour and a half to dispatch qualifier Christina McHale 7-5, 6-0 after being made to dig deep in the first set which she won in the 12th game.

The morning saw good news for the womens� seeds as number 9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska needed just over an hour to win her match against Casey Dellaqua 6-2, 6-2, and 13th seed Lucie Safarova also had a sets (6-3, 6-1) win over Tsevlana Pironkova.