Serena rolls in season-opener in Brisbane

Updated: December 31, 2013

Brisbane, Australia ( – World No. 1 superstar and
reigning champion Serena Williams was an easy second-round winner Tuesday
at the 2014 season-opening Brisbane International tennis event, a hardcourt
Australian Open tune-up.

Williams had little trouble in a 6-4, 6-4 straight-set victory over former
top-10 German and 2011 Brisbane runner-up Andrea Petkovic at Queensland Tennis

The reigning U.S. and French Open titlist Williams’ quarterfinal opponent on
Friday will be diminutive Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, bested 19-
year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.

Two other second-rounders saw Estonian Kaia Kanepi drub eighth-seeded Spaniard
Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 and the No. 9 seed Cibulkova rally to take out
42-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. The 2012 Brisbane
champion Kanepi will battle former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the

On Wednesday, second-seeded reigning Aussie Open champ Victoria Azarenka will
take on Aussie qualifier Casey Dellacqua. Azarenka titled here in 2009 and was
the Brisbane runner-up in 2008.

The third-seeded Sharapova was scheduled to meet Aussie qualifier Ashleigh
Barty on Wednesday, but Barty pulled out of the match, citing a left adductor
injury, thus giving Sharapova a walkover into the quarters.