Top-ranked Williams was understandably below her best after the offseason. She did a quick little dance behind the baseline in the first set to remind herself to move her feet, and after a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths.
She also netted a service return on her first match point, but still did enough to progress.
Top-ranked Williams started 2013 in Brisbane with a title, the first of 11 for the year that included two major championships. She's back with the aim of carrying the momentum into 2014. She's already into the quarterfinals.