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Serena Williams won in her first match since September as she breezed past Pauline Parmentier at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

The American missed the final two months of the 2016 season with a shoulder injury and has not been on court since the US Open but, despite being troubled by windy conditions and some early rust, she brushed off the cobwebs to win 6-3 6-4.

Williams struggled initially as France’s Parmentier broke her first service game and then held to love. The 35-year-old, using Auckland to warm up for the Australian Open, double-faulted four times as she had trouble adjusting to the swirling wind.

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