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Serena's battling back

LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK: Serena Williams is back to winning way

SERENA WILLIAMS’ tennis rehabilitation took another step with a convincing win 6-0 6-0 over Anastasia Rodionova at the Bank of the West Classic in California.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion has been beleaguered injuries over the last year. But she now feels that she is on an upward spiral.

"I've always said if I play my best no one can beat me," she said. "Hopefully I can get back to that level."

Williams has only played a handful of matches since her comeback from foot surgery and life-threatening blood clots which she said left her on her 'death bed'.

She made a brave attempt to regain her Wimbledon title last month but was beaten by France's Marion Bartoli in the fourth round.

Remarkably, Williams is now ranked 175th in the world rankings, her lowest position since 1997, although she has since moved back up six places.
She is now looking forward to competing in the US Open which starts August 29.

"Maybe this whole thing [injuries] is teaching me to be patient. And it'll come. No. 1 is great, but I really want to be able to do well in the Grand Slams."

Her opponent in the second round will be Russia's Maria Kirilenko, the world number 25, who won 6-2 6-3 against sixth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany.

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