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Serena Williams records 1st victory, dominates vs. Italian teen Lisa Pigato

Sep 28, 2020; Paris, France; Serena Williams (USA) reacts during her match against Kristie Ahn (USA) on day two of the 2020 French Open at Stade Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams is back in the winner’s circle for the first time since February.

Williams worked over 17-year-old Italian qualifier Lisa Pigato 6-3, 6-2 on Monday in the first round of the Emilia-Romagna Open.

The match ended in 67 minutes.

Entered as a wild card following a loss in the first round of the Italian Open, Williams easily advanced to set up a match with Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

Simona Halep was Williams’ last victim in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in February, a span of three months between wins.

Pigato is ranked outside the top 500 and was making her WTA debut.

Williams hadn’t played on clay court other than Roland Garros and Rome, but said she accepted the wild-card entry to prepare for the French Open in two weeks.

“I’ve played everywhere, so now I can add this to the list,” Williams said. “The atmosphere is great, and it’s cool to be here.”

–Field Level Media