Serena beats Krajicek to reach second round
ROME -- Serena Williams overcame a slow start before beating Michaella Krajicek 6-4, 6-1 Tuesday in the second round of the Italian Open.
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Williams, who had a trainer attend to her left thigh after the first set, improved to 17-2 this year.
"I kept missing and hitting balls out. I wasn't playing my game at all. I was letting her dictate play," Williams said. "But it was a good start. I got to run. She moved me a lot."
Among those advancing in the first round were No. 14 seed Patty Schnyder, No. 15 Katarina Srebotnik and No. 16 Tathiana Garbin.
Schnyder, a Rome finalist two years ago, beat Vasilis Bardina 6-1, 6-2. Srebotnik defeated Martina Mueller 6-4, 6-2 and Garbin eliminated fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Williams hadn't played since pulling out of the Fed Cup match with Belgium last month, citing a right knee injury. She had trouble gaining her footing on the red clay and gave up an early break to fall behind in the first set. The former No. 1 was late getting to the ball and appeared winded after several long points.
"I came out flat. I don't think I warmed up enough inside and she was playing really well," Williams said.
Williams started to gain rhythm and hit several backhands to break back and pull to 4-4, then applied more pressure during Krajicek's next service game to break again and win the set.
After Williams took a 4-1 lead in the second set, Krajicek called for the trainer for an apparent right shoulder problem.
Williams ended with 25 winners to Krajicek's 10.
Two more top-10 players withdrew with injuries Tuesday: No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova and No. 8 Ana Ivanovic.
Vaidisova, who was seeded fourth, has a right wrist injury that kept her out of last week's German Open.
Ivanovic has a left ankle injury. She reached her career-high ranking by winning the German Open, and was to be seeded 12th.
Top-ranked Justine Henin did not enter the event, No. 2 Maria Sharapova pulled out with a right shoulder injury and defending champion Martina Hingis withdrew with hip and back injuries.
Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo, a two-time Rome champion, will play Samantha Stosur on Wednesday.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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