World No.1 Serena Williams received a wildcard for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and played and won her first match since claiming her fifth Australian Open title back in January. Serena had a first-round bye in Rome and in the second round the American defeated Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-6(2) 6-1, despite the long period without competitive tennis due to the knee injury.
The 20-year-old Bacsinszky was in command during the opening set, first with a 4-1 lead and then with a 5-3 lead. Bacsinszky even had three set points in the tenth game. However, Williams leveled at 5-5, and then forced a tiebreak which she won 7-2. That was pretty much the end of Bacsinszky.
Williams was victorious at the Italian Open in 2002 and followed it with her only Roland Garros title two weeks later.