CHARLESTON, S.C. — Serena Williams only had three days to make the transition from hard courts to clay, and it showed a few times as she won her opening match at the Family Circle Cup.
The world’s No. 1 player beat Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday, losing her serve in her second game and looking uncomfortable when the Italian was able to get Williams running.
“It was definitely not great for me. I think I played well, but I wasn’t great footing-wise. I was just trying to get my stability,” Williams said.
Williams nearly was broken again up 3-2 in the first set. She lost the first three points of the game before rallying back to win the next five. Giorgi wouldn’t get another chance to break Williams the rest of the match, and only won two points against Williams’ serve the entire second set.
Williams said she figured she would start slow because she only got one day of practice on clay to adjust from the fast, hard surface at Key Biscayne where she won the title for the sixth time Saturday to the green, slow clay in Charleston, where she is the top seed.
“It was a little awkward for me,” said Williams.