If Serena Williams is known for something it's that she never gives up and when you watch her matches you have to know that no matter how desperate her situation is, she can always pull out a win. Today at the AEGON International Serena was in exactly that type of situation, trailing Bulgarian world No.34 Tsvetana Pironkova, who by the way took out Serena's sister Venus from last year's Wimbledon, 5-0 in the first set. However, Serena used her experience and Pironkova's lost opportunities to her advantage and bit by bit won the match 1-6 6-3 6-4. Interestingly, at the end of the match, Serena's total number of points was 80 and Pironkova's 79.
Serena's opponent in the second round of Eastbourne could be Vera Zvonareva, whom she defeated in the 2010 Wimbledon final, her last match prior to today's match win Pironkova.
The elder Williams sister, Venus, is also making a comeback on the grass of Eastbourne. She also had a three-setter in her opening match against Andrea Petkovic and in the second round she will play Ana Ivanovic.
Additional info: The dress Nike made specifically for Serena Williams' appearance at Roland Garros, which she missed, is receiving the rightful attention at this week's AEGON International. (photos: Ralf Reinecke, © Neal Trousdale)