Flying starts for Williams sisters

Apr 05, 2012, 09:21 IST | AFP

Serena and Venus Williams made a successful transition toclay on Tuesday, easing through their opening matches with straight-set victories at the WTA Tour's Charleston tournament.

Fifth seed Serena, the 2008 Charleston champion, hammered 11 aces in overpowering last year’s runner-up Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match at the $740,000 event.


Venus Williams

World No 87 Venus, who returned to the tour last month in Miami after being out seven months due to illness, needed just 79 minutes to dispatch qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3, in the first round. 

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