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Serena Williams struggles in Dubai

Updated: February 18, 2014, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-seeded Serena Williams faced some early struggles before defeating Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (8), 6-0 in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.

Williams had been sidelined with a back injury since losing to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open last month.

It took Williams the first set to adjust to the left-handed Makarova's ability to jam many of her shots into the top-ranked American's body.

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