Serena wins opener as shoulder no issue

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NEW YORK (AP) If this is how Serena Williams serves when she can't practice properly because her right shoulder is sore, watch out when she's 100 percent healthy.

A year after falling two wins short of a calendar-year Grand Slam by bowing out in the U.S. Open semifinals, Williams showed zero signs of shoulder trouble Tuesday night as she began her bid for a record-breaking 23rd major title.

She hit 12 aces and reached 121 mph on her powerful serve during a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ekaterina Makarova, a potentially tricky first-round opponent at Flushing Meadows.

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