Serena stays hot in Charleston opener

3:16 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Fresh off her big title in Miami, reigning champion Serena Williams was an easy second-round winner Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup tennis event.

Following an opening-round bye, the world No. 1 Williams waltzed past Italian Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 in 1 hour, 22 minutes on the green clay at Daniel Island Tennis Center. Williams, who swatted nine aces on Day 2, was the Charleston champ in 2008 and last year, when she beat Czech Lucie Safarova in the final. She was also a runner-up here in 2003.

A mild second-round upset came when Swiss Stefanie Voegele doused seventh- seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4.

Former Charleston champion Jelena Jankovic posted a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 opening- round win against struggling American Melanie Oudin. The ninth-seeded former world No. 1 Jankovic captured this tournament back in 2007.

In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 10 Julia Goerges of Germany grounded Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-3; American qualifier Vania King upended No. 14 Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; No. 15 Sabine Lisicki of Germany dismantled helpless Georgian Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-0 in a mere 41 minutes; and No. 16 Laura Robson of Great Britain blitzed Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2, 6-2. Lisicki was the Family Circle champ in 2009.

Additionally in round one, New Zealand's Marina Erakovic topped Slovak Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni overcame Swiss Romina Oprandi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, and American Madison Keys dismissed Romanian Alexandra Cadantu 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

The winner of this $795,000 tournament will earn $125,000.

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