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Serena Powers Her Way Into Round 2 of Porsche Grand Prix

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Serena Williams blasted her way into the second round of Stuttgart's WTA tournament while France's Amelie Mauresmo became the first big-name casualty on Tuesday.

Serena opened her campaign with a rapid-fire 6-0, 6-0 win over the Czech Republic's Zuzana Ondraskova, the first lucky loser from the main draw after Williams' original opponent Elena Bobina withdrew with an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old right-hander, ranked 140th in the world, was totally outclassed by sixth-seed Williams' power game and was dumped out in just 48 relentless minutes.

"I was pleased with that," said Australian Open champion Williams, who will face Julia Vakulenko in the second round after the Ukrainian's 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Julia Goerges late on Tuesday night.

"That was a good start and I am looking forward to seeing how far I go here in Stuttgart."

"I haven't been in Europe in the fall for a long time and it feels really good," she told reporters Monday during the opening day of the Stuttgart Grand Prix in Germany. "It was pretty disappointing at the U.S. Open. After the tournament I started practicing because I didn't do very well."

After Stuttgart, Serena plans to stay in Europe and compete in upcoming tournaments in Moscow and Zurich. Participation will also allow Williams to earn qualifying points for a spot in the eight-player draw at the season-ending championship in Madrid next month.

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