Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Serena Wins Sony Match

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Serena Wins Sony Match

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Serena Williams, playing in her backyard tournament for the first time since 2009, beat wild-card Zhang Shuai, 6-2, 6-3, Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

The victory marked Williams' return to tournament tennis after a two-month absence. And it was her first match at Key Biscayne since she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the final three years ago. Williams lives two hours away in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Two-time champion Kim Clijsters defeated No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, 6-2, 7-5, but No. 13 Jelena Jankovic lost to Mona Barthel, 6-0, 6-3.

Aside from two Fed Cup victories in February, Williams was playing for the first time since she lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open.

College basketball

Villanova junior Maalik Wayns, a 6-foot-2 guard, will pass up his final season of eligibility and remain in the pool of candidates for the NBA draft. Coach Jay Wright said he supports the decision.

* Florida State is negotiating with representatives of men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton to extend his current deal. Hamilton has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Illinois job, but no school has contacted Florida State requesting permission to interview the coach. Hamilton, 63, is 201-127 in 10 seasons at Florida State and is paid $1.5 million annually.

* Bill Carmody will return to Northwestern for a 13th season as men's basketball coach, despite a failure to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Carmody has led Northwestern to four consecutive winning seasons and four NIT appearances. Carmody has a 179-191 record since coming to Northwestern after five successful seasons at Princeton.

* Michelle Clark-Heard was hired as women's basketball coach at Western Kentucky. Clark-Heard, 43, is a former Western Kentucky player who has spent the past five years as an assistant at Louisville. She also Division II Kentucky State for two years. …

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