In the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday, ninth seed Serena Williams faced the weekend’s Budapest runner-up Elena Vesnina and routinely eliminated her with a 6-3 6-1 victory which included 14 aces and 40 winners to her opponent's one ace and four winners.
Vesnina won just three points on Serena’s first serve and even on Serena’s second serve the performance was not better, just four points. Moreover, she hit six doubles faults and had a second serve winning percentage of just 26%.
Whether the blue clay is "ridiculous" or not, as Serena called the Madrid's new surface, the American experienced no troubles in her first match at the tournament. Most impressively, leading 4-1 in the second set she hit four aces to win the game! Williams is now 8-0 on clay in 2012.
In the second round Serena will face another Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova are possible later opponents. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)