It may not have been perfect, but Serena Williams had little trouble in her 2012 opener Monday in Brisbane. The former No. 1 easily dismantled Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-3.
“I was a little rusty, not playing since the US Open, but I think I did well,” said Williams. “I played a really good player today. It wasn’t an easy first round at all. She’s had some great wins and I can definitely see why. I’ve taken some of the rust off – I definitely have tons of room for improvement though.”
After taking the fall post-US Open season off, Serena was playing her first “WTA” event since August.
“I think for me it’s all about motivation as opposed to my skill or anything else,” Serena added.
“As long as the motivation’s there it’s definitely going to be cool.
“I’m not playing a full schedule this year. I just want to be able to do other things that I’m doing and I think that will help keep my motivation up.
“I’m always preparing myself for life after tennis.”
Next up for Serbian 20-year-old Bojana Jovanovski.
Other winners were top seed Sam Stosur and No. 2 Andrea Petkovic.
For the men Gilles Simon, Bernard Tomic and Marcos Baghdatis, who beat Ryan Harrison, were also winners.
Today’s highlights include Andy Murray 2012 debut and in a meeting of former No. 1s, Kim Clijsters’ meets Ana Ivanovic.
Murray will not have new coach Ivan Lendl by his side tonight.
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 10:30 am
B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs  A Petkovic (GER) – WTA
 R Stepanek (CZE) vs M Ebden (AUS) – ATP
T Haas (GER) vs [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
 A Murray (GBR) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ) – ATP
A Ivanovic (SRB) vs  K Clijsters (BEL) – WTA
COURT 1 start 10:30 am
V Dushevina (RUS) / S Peer (ISR) vs [WC] D Cibulkova (SVK) / J Husarova (SVK) – WTA
Not Before 12:00 PM
[Q] T Ito (JPN) vs [WC] B Mitchell (AUS) – ATP
[Q] J Millman (AUS) vs S Giraldo (COL) – ATP
[Q] V King (USA) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) – WTA
COURT 2 start 10:30 am
C Stebe (GER) vs  K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs  F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA
 J Melzer (AUT) vs P Petzschner (GER) – ATP
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