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Serena Williams saw victory once again Monday.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat 17-year-old qualifier Lisa Pigato 6-3,6-2 in the first round of the Emilia-Romagna Open.

Williams accepted a wild-card invitation for the Parma tournament after dropping her opening match at the Italian Open last week. There, Williams lost in straight sets to Nadia Podoroska during her 1000th match. 

It’s Williams’ first win since beating Simona Halep in the Australian Open quarterfinals in February. She was then eliminated by Naomi Osaka in the semifinals.

Williams continues to prepare for Roland Garros, the year’s next Grand Slam, which starts in two weeks. Williams will next face 68th-ranked Katerina Siniakova, who eliminated Danish teenager Clara Tauson 6-1, 6-3.