Serena Williams knocked off Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round at the Eastbourne Tennis Tournament today, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. There were two very good signs in the scandal-stirrer's first return to professional tennis in over a year: the first was that she won, despite a rough first set, and the second was that she threw a racket and had what we will call a civil conversation with the chair umpire. Any fear that Williams might have lost some of her competitive edge or ability during her twelve-month sabbatical from the sport shouldn't last; as Jon Wertheim pointed out this afternoon, "rust" for the younger Williams (even rust that's built up for so long) "means one bad set."
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