by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – A finalist last year, Serena Williams made a successful, but tense debut at the 2014 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
With a slight edge in two tie-breaks, she defeated Australia’s Samantha Stosur: 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7).
“It’s been really good to play such close matches and then come out on top even though I’m defeated and then down. To be able to actually win those are really good,” Williams said.
“Like usually I would be upset over today, but I think I did well and she did well,” she said. “I’m just happy to get through this match.”