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Serena Williams rallies from set down, advances in Lexington to face Venus Williams

With the win, Serena advances to a second-round matchup against sister Venus Williams on Thursday.
Serena Williams wins opening match at the Top Seed Tennis Open
Serena Williams wins opening match at the Top Seed Tennis Open(KATELYN CONN | Katlyn-Conn)
Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 7:13 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Serena Williams won a tough match in her comeback following a six-month layoff, rallying to beat unseeded American Bernarda Pera 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Top Seed Open. The 23-time Grand Slam champion labored to avoid her 14th loss to an opponent ranked outside the top 50. The No. 60 Pera broke the ninth-ranked Williams at love in the fifth game on the way to a first-set victory. Pera was on the verge of a break at 4-4 in the second set before Williams rallied to win and break to force a third set. From there, Williams dominated en route to the victory.

With the win, Serena advances to a second-round matchup against sister Venus Williams on Thursday.

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