Serena Williams wanted three units to defeat Bernarda Pera on the Top Seed Open on Tuesday in her first match since February.
The 23-time grand slam singles champion got here from a set right down to beat her compatriot 4-6 6-4 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes in Lexington.
Williams’ earlier match was in the Fed Cup conflict with Latvia in February, whereas she has not performed a event match since January’s Australian Open, the WTA Tour having been shut down since early match as a result of Corona Virus pandemic.
World quantity 60 Pera broke in the fifth sport and fought off two break factors on her personal serve earlier than a thumping winner sealed the primary set.
Williams noticed a 3-1 lead pegged again in the second and saved 4 break factors to disclaim Pera the possibility to serve for the match, however the 38-year-old discovered a few of her well-known preventing spirit to degree the match after forcing a Pera error.
She then made comparatively mild work of the decider to arrange a second-round conflict with both Victoria Azarenka or sister Venus Williams.
“I’ve been training very well and I wasn’t getting an excellent rhythm out right here, and I simply stored considering, ‘Serena, play such as you’ve been training’,” she mentioned afterwards.
“I knew I may play slightly bit higher if I simply hung in there.
“I really feel like I at all times play Venus first or second circular, each event, in order that’s annoying. And I at all times play Vika early, so we’ll see.”
— wta (@WTA) August 11, 2020
Published 11 Aug 2020, 23:58 IST