The 2013 tennis year kicked off before New Year’s Eve for Serena Williams. The American star seemed under pressure in his first match of the season, but she overcame her fears by recording a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 21-ranked Varvara Lepchenko in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday.
Serena Williams had to endure five break points before cruising to a fine victory. The 15-time major winner took less than an hour to thwart her opponent, even though Serena Williams suffered from a slow start.
The 31-year-old was inarguably the best woman tennis player from last season. Serene Williams, who can boast about only four defeats from 62 matches, won the Wimbledon, the Olympics, U.S. Open and the WTA Championships titles last term.
“Tomorrow is the last day of the year, so technically I still had my 2012 rep on the line,” Serena Williams said. “I really needed to win today so I could finish the year with still just the four losses. So that was important for me.”
Serena Williams showed no signs of weakness, although she went under the knife for big toes. The minor surgery forced her to quit from the December 29 exhibition in Thailand. Nonetheless, Serena Williams was in impeccable form against Varvara Lepchenko.
“I was a little nervous, but I was completely fine,” Serena Williams told reporters after the match. “The doctor said I would be fine. I was excited to get an early start so just in case I did have any pain I could have tomorrow off. But everything was fine.”
The No. 3 ranked revealed she didn’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Serena Williams explained she worked on her ambitions directly instead of making excuses or starting causes for successfully achieving them.
Serena Williams can boast about all four Grand Slam titles at one stage, however the veteran has never completed a season slam.
“I think for me, absolutely,” Serena Williams responded upon being questioned about the possibility of achieving a season slam in 2013.
“I think maybe whoever wins will Australian Open will have that same thought. I think there is no way that Victoria (Azarenka) or Maria (Sharapova) or maybe some other players don't feel the same way. So I think I definitely feel that way.”