As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start.
The action is starting to heat up on the Crandon Park tennis courts in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Serena Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday when she overcame a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.
An ankle injury has forced two-time champion Victoria Azarenka to withdraw at the Sony Open, and American Lauren Davis has quickly gone from being a lucky loser to a lucky winner.
Sloane Stephens, 19, pulled off an upset for the ages at the 2013 Australian Open Wednesday when she beat the third-ranked female tennis player in the world, Serena Williams.
Venus Williams sagged in the wooden changeover chair as if it were a cushy recliner, her head tilted back, her tank on empty.
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka was back in action on Key Biscayne. The noisiest No. 1 since Maria Sharapova, Azarenka hooted with nearly every stroke and won her opening match over Michaella Krajicek, 6-3, 7-5.
South Florida’s Serena Williams cemented her status as the favorite at the U.S. Open, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka in straight sets in the third round.
Victoria Azarenka has won the Sony Ericsson Open for the second time after she defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4.