Miami WTA: Serena eases through opener; Venus, Kvitova advance

Her elder sister Venus Williams also advanced, holding on for a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krum. Fourth-seeded defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, fifth-seeded Li Na of China and seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic all joined Williams in the third-round.

updated: March 22, 2013 09:52 IST
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Miami: Serena Williams got her quest for a record sixth Miami WTA title off to a brisk start on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Italian Flavia Pennetta.

The world No. 1 and top seed, playing her first tournament since falling to Victoria Azarenka in the final at Doha in February, said she didn't feel too rusty, although her footwork could improve.

"I think I missed a few shots, but only because I think I was off footwork-wise," she said. "But it's always just good just to win a match and stay in the tournament and keep going."

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