Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Playing her first match since a stunning fourth-round loss at Wimbledon two weeks ago, Serena Williams returned a first-round winner Tuesday at the $235,000 Swedish Open tennis event.
The world No. 1 star trounced Kazakhstan's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-2 in 64 minutes on the red clay at Bastad Tennis Stadium.
The reigning French and U.S. Open champion Williams' second-round opponent will be Georgian Anna Tatishvili.
In other action involving seeds, No. 3 Czech Klara Zakopalova clobbered Swedish wild card Ellen Allgurin 6-1, 6-1, Venezuelan qualifier Andrea Gamiz ousted No. 4 Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-3, and No. 6 Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko held off Italian qualifier Anastasia Grymalska 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Several other women reached the second round, including 2012 Bastad runner-up Mathilde Johansson and Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru. France's Johansson lost to Slovenian Polona Hercog in last year's finale.
The 2013 Bastad titlist will claim $40,000.