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Serena wins easily in Bastad opener

10:19 AM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Playing her first match since a stunning fourth-round loss at Wimbledon two weeks ago, Serena Williams returned a first-round winner Tuesday at the $235,000 Swedish Open tennis event.

The world No. 1 star trounced Kazakhstan's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-2 in 64 minutes on the red clay at Bastad Tennis Stadium.

The reigning French and U.S. Open champion Williams' second-round opponent will be Georgian Anna Tatishvili.

In other action involving seeds, No. 3 Czech Klara Zakopalova clobbered Swedish wild card Ellen Allgurin 6-1, 6-1, Venezuelan qualifier Andrea Gamiz ousted No. 4 Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-3, and No. 6 Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko held off Italian qualifier Anastasia Grymalska 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

Several other women reached the second round, including 2012 Bastad runner-up Mathilde Johansson and Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru. France's Johansson lost to Slovenian Polona Hercog in last year's finale.

The 2013 Bastad titlist will claim $40,000.

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