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Tennis: Serena Williams comes through first test since return

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:02 AM
US tennis player Serena Williams returns the ball to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their match in the second day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI (AFP) - Women's world number one Serena Williams eased into the third round of the WTA Dubai Open on Tuesday in her first match back since injuring her back at the Australian Open beating Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (10/8), 6-0.

The 32-year-ols American had a decent tussle in the first set having to save two set points against the world number 24 from Russia before settling into her groove to romp through the second set.

Williams, who took a last moment wild card into this tournament, began gingerly and took about an hour before she hit the ball with anything like her usual authority.

Once she started to do that, she prevailed more quickly, finishing the match feeling more hopeful that it might have been the right decision to compete again for the first time in four weeks.

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