Serena stays hot in Charleston opener

Updated: April 2, 2013

Fresh off her big title in Miami, reigning
champion Serena Williams was an easy second-round winner Tuesday at the Family
Circle Cup tennis event.

Following an opening-round bye, the world No. 1 Williams waltzed past Italian
Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 in 1 hour, 22 minutes on the green clay at Daniel
Island Tennis Center. Williams, who swatted nine aces on Day 2, was the
Charleston champ in 2008 as well as last year, when she beat Czech Lucie
Safarova in the final. She was also a runner-up here in 2003.

Sloane Stephens was one of three seeded players upset in their second-round
bouts, however, with the fourth-seeded 20-year-old no match for fellow
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a 6-2, 6-0 verdict that took a mere 58
minutes to complete.

Elsewhere, Swiss Stefanie Voegele doused seventh-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez
Navarro 6-2, 6-4, while American qualifier Jessica Pegula took out eighth-
seeded German Mona Barthel 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Barthel was a titlist in Paris
earlier this season.

Romanian Sorana Cirstea, the 11th seed, reached the third round via walkover
when Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues pulled out of the draw.

Former Charleston champion Jelena Jankovic posted a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 opening-
round win against struggling American Melanie Oudin. The ninth-seeded former
world No. 1 Jankovic captured this tournament back in 2007.

In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 10 Julia Goerges of Germany
grounded Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-3; No. 12 American Varvara
Lepchenko outlasted France’s Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; American
qualifier Vania King upended No. 14 Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-1,
6-4; No. 15 Sabine Lisicki of Germany dismantled helpless Georgian Anna
Tatishvili 6-0, 6-0 in a mere 41 minutes; and No. 16 Laura Robson of Great
Britain blitzed Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2, 6-2. Lisicki was the
Family Circle champ in 2009.

Additionally in round one, New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic topped Slovak Daniela
Hantuchova 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni overcame Swiss Romina
Oprandi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, and American Madison Keys dismissed Romanian Alexandra
Cadantu 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

The winner of this $795,000 tournament will earn $125,000.