Serena Williams returned from the edge to begin her first tournament in quite a while with a success. A corroded Williams defeated individual American Bernarda Pera 4 6-4 6-1 in the opening round of the debut Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky.
Williams, the Open era Grand Slam record-holder, was in a tough situation at 4-4 in the second set and 0-40 on her own serve yet uncovered herself a gap and facilitated through the decider.
Williams’ last match had been toward the beginning of February, when Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia gave the previous top-positioned American her first misfortune in Fed Cup team competition on home ground. After a month, the pandemic shut down all serious tennis, including Wimbledon.