Today at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami Li Na played her first match since injuring her left ankle in the Australian Open final a month and a half ago and the comeback was successful, a 6-3 6-1 victory over world No.42 Kiki Bertens. The fifth-seeded Li won the second-round match without dropping serve, ending it with ten straight points won. The Chinese is happy with how her game worked today and said she entered the encounter excited rather than nervous.
World No.1 Serena Williams was another highlight of the day, beating Flavia Pennetta 6-1 6-1. The match was less straightforward than the score suggests. Serena faced seven break points, but amazingly defended them all, and earned as much as 18 break points on Pennetta’s serve, but the Italian’s percentage of saving them was not as good as her opponent’s and she was broken six times to lose the match in one hour and 17 minutes. Serena was playing her first match since becoming WTA No.1 again.
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska had a quick passage into the third round, beating Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3 6-2, while seed No.7 Petra Kvitova and seed No.9 Caroline Wozniacki both battled from a set down: Kvitova to beat Peng Shuai 5-7 6-2 6-2, Wozniacki against Karolina Pliskova 5-7 6-3 6-3. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)