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Serena Williams returns to win

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Serena Williams returned to action for the first time since pulling out of Wimbledon with a straight-sets win over Karolina Pliskova in Stanford, USA. The world number one had to retire from a doubles match with her sister, Venus, at Wimbledon on 1 July with what proved to be a virus. Williams, 32, saw off Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-5 6-2 at the Bank Of The West Classic on Wednesday. “I’m still taking it a match at a time. I’m just worried about doing what I want to do and what I’ve been practising on the court. But I wasn’t feeling any nerves today. I felt good. And I felt fine physically.”,” said the American. Williams had taken some time off after Wimbledon, recuperating with a holiday in Croatia before returning to practice.[eap_ad_2] After losing in the Serena knocked out of French Open and the third round of Wimbledon, she will defend her US Open title next month. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will play fifth seed Ana Ivanovic or Canadian qualifier Carol Zhao in the Stanford quarter-finals. Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska suffered a surprise 6-3 3-6 6-4 defeat by world number 59 Varvara Lepchenko of the USA. In Washington, Britain’s Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith beat top seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Citi Open. (BBC Sport) [eap_ad_3]