Serena Williams wins Italian Open opener to kick-start clay-court season | Tennis News |

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Serena Williams wins Italian Open opener to kick-start clay-court season | Tennis News |

Serena Williams wins Italian Open opener to kick-start clay-court season | Tennis News |

Serena Williams could face sister Venus in the second round if she beats Elise Mertens

Serena Williams opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in the Italian Open first round on Monday.

Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.

When Williams ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for a 5-2 lead in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.

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