Tennis: Serena Williams opens season with comfortable win
BY Staff and Wire reports
Monday, December 31, 2012
12/31/12 at 3:32 AM
Serena Williams joked that since the calendar still read 2012, she needed to maintain this year's dominant form.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion opened her 2013 season Sunday, and Williams needed less than an hour to beat fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia.
Williams won 31 of her last 32 matches during the 2012 season, including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships. She was 58-4 overall.