• Family Circle Cup

Serena dominates Vesnina

ESPN staff
April 4, 2012
Serena Williams looked in good shape in Charleston © PA Photos

Serena Williams joined her sister Venus in making a winning start at the Family Circle Cup with a classy 6-3 6-4 win over Elena Vesnina.

Taking to court in the late game in what was her first appearance on clay for the best part of two years, Williams looked on good terms with herself as she comfortably disposed of Vesnina.

Williams was strong on serve powering down 11 aces, including one on match point, and she was able to break her opponent on three occasions.

"I forgot I hadn't played on clay in so long, but that's so true," Williams told the WTA's official website. "I really love the clay. I feel like it suits my game. I don't have to go crazy and move my feet so much. And it's no different from hard or grass - I should be able to play the same and do the same, if not better, because I have more time."

Williams is bidding for career title No. 40 and she said: "It would be special to do it here. I think Venus has 41 or something like that, 46, whatever. She's ahead of me, so it would be nice to get one any time soon. We'll see."

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