Serena Williams wins at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. — Serena Williams beat Australia's Anastasia Rodionova 6-0, 6-0, Tuesday in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic.

Williams, troubled by a right foot injury the past year, played on American soil for the first time since reaching the semifinal of the 2009 U.S. Open. It's her third event since winning at Wimbledon last year.

Williams, ranked 169th, moved smoothly on the court against the overmatched, 105th-ranked Rodionova, who has lost five straight.

In other first-round matches, Russian Maria Kirilenko beat sixth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-3; seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, playing her first match with a new coach and fitness trainer, was knocked off by Japan's Ayumi Morita, 6-3, 7-5; Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova beat newcomer Rina Fujiwara of Japan, 6-0, 6-2; Germany's Sabine Lisicki defeated Romania's Simona Halep, 6-1, 6-2; qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand beat Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2, 6-1; and Poland's Urszula Radwanska topped Ukraine's Olga Savchuk 6-2, 6-4 in a matchup of qualifiers.

The 25th-ranked Kirilenko, who reached the quarterfinal of this event last year, snapped a 13-match losing streak against the top 20 with her victory. She'll play Williams.

Farmers Classic

At Los Angeles, Mardy Fish Gilles Muller beat reigning NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson of Southern California 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in first-round play.

UCLA's Daniel Kosakowski, the No. 1 player for the Bruins as a freshman, advanced to the second round by beating fellow qualifier Tim Smyczek 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, and then turned professional. Ernests Gulbis of Latvia upset No. 5 seed Xavier Malisse of Belgium 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) and Ryan Harrison of the U.S. overcame Richard Bernakis of Lithuania 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3.

Croatia Open

At Umag, Croatia, defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain advanced to the second round of Croatia Open when Maximo Gonzalez retired with a back injury.

Ferrero lost the set before Gonzalez retired with the score 3-6, 6-3, 1-1.

Ferrero will play third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic today.

Share This Story