Serena Williams from the US plays her opening match against Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium, at the Swedish Open in Bastad, Sweden, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Williams won 62, 61. (Adam Ihse, TT News Agency via AP)
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July 15, 2015

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams sailed through her opening match at the Swedish Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure in the first round on Wednesday.

Four days after winning her sixth Wimbledon title, Williams ousted Bonaventure from the clay-court tournament in 53 minutes despite a first-serve percentage of 64.

Williams, the 2013 Bastad champion, next faces Czech player Klara Koukalova, who beat the American on clay six years ago.

Seventh-seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden advanced to the second round after beating Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3 and will play Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany.

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