Charleston, South Carolina: Venus Williams beat qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3 Tuesday in the Family Circle Cup, bouncing back from her quarterfinal loss at Key Biscayne.
"This is great for me to be in another match and to be in the second round," she said. "It was a good start."
The Family Circle Cup is Williams' first clay-court tournament in months. She withdrew from last year's U.S. Open after being diagnosed with a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease, then returned last week and won four matches in the Sony Ericsson Open before losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.