Serena Williams Victorious in Return at Rome
by Sean Randall | May 4th, 2010, 11:04 pm

I have to mention that Serena Williams – remember her? – is back. The last time we saw Serena on a tennis court (she’s appeared elsewhere) she was winning the Australian Open in fine style. ADHEREL

Since the title Down Under she’s battled knee problems which have kept her out of competition until today. As the top seed in Rome Serena beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-6, 6-1

“I went in there thinking I can win or I can lose. You never know what can happen and I didn’t put too much pressure on myself,” Williams said. “I got off to a slow start but I was able to fight it off. I thought she played excellently to be honest. I just had to pick up the level of my game.”

Serena was actually losing in the first set 4-1, and then faced three set points down 5-4 before rallying.

Sister Venus was also a winner along with Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic. Also of note, Ana Ivanovic snapped out of a free fall with her best win of the year defeating Victoria Azarenka.

And former No. 1 Dinara Safina continues to struggle in her return from back problems. The Russian was defeated Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1.

“Obviously this was very disappointing,” Safina declared. “The third set was particularly difficult. After winning the second set, I was 5-0 down in a second. I don’t know if I was over-hitting or over-waiting. I don’t think I was moving my feet enough. I’m going to watch this match on video. I think the only good thing about this match was that my back didn’t create any problems.”

The Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are not playing this week. Henin is resting (I think) while Clijsters has a torn muscle in her left foot that could keep her out of the French Open.

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7 Comments for Serena Williams Victorious in Return at Rome

Lisa Farley Says:

Now, KC has a torn foot muscle; goodness, if this isn’t survival of the unfitest!!

Kimmi Says:

Ivanovic won two matches, surprise surprise! She beats demantieva today. That is a big step for ana. Keep going, you might be able to find the form that made you number 1.

Kimmi Says:

aaahah! JJ bagel and breadstick venus. ridiculous venus…another one of those moments I guess.

meanwhile, ivanovic continues her resurgent. Great to see

jane Says:

I think Ivanovic is comfortable on clay; it was the FO she won after all, so I am not too surprised she is doing pretty good. Nice to hear.

Kimmi Says:

Hi jane, I think she is too..comfortable on clay I mean. She could reach the final if she goes past Martínez Sánchez. I like great come i am routing for her.

I have not seen any matches in rome, just following live sore. JJ gets to play the younger sister tomorrow. I think it will be an interesting match. JJ starts to find her form and serena is coming from a long lay off. All that said, we all know what serena is capable of…

jane Says:

Hi ya Kimmi, I like comebacks as well. I have missed most matches this week too – saw a little of Fed vs. Phau and the last half of Djoko’s match vs. Fognini today, but maybe I’ll try to catch more tomorrow. Have been watching a lot of playoff hockey – mainly the Montreal and Vancouver series.

Kimmi Says:

I did not catch federer and djoko..they better win these tournaments, they both need to build some confidence before the french. I will catch up the rest on the weekend. WTA too. Hockey..hah! Enjoy!

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