American star Serena Williams defeated 17-year-old qualifier Lisa Pigato 6-3 6-2 in the first round of the Emilia-Romagna Open on Monday and registered her first win in over three months.
Serena Williams, who entered the Challenger tournament as a wild card in the final minute, won the match in 68 minutes with solid aces and forehand shots.
Williams hadn't won a match since defeating Simona Halep in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in February. Naomi Osaka knocked her out of the year's first Grand Slam tournament in the semifinals.
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"I'm just now beginning to feel at ease. I've always felt at ease on the clay, but this year has been a little more challenging than normal "said, Williams, who served six aces.
Pigato was playing in her first WTA match, while Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, was playing in her 1,000th. After the match, Pigato approached Williams and asked her to pose for a picture with her on the court.