American Varvara Lepchenko won in her Fed Cup singles debut to lift the United States to a 1-1 tie against Italy on Saturday.
Serena Williams joked that since the calendar still read 2012, she needed to maintain this year's dominant form.
U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs in a first-round match at the Mercury Insurance Open on Monday.
Morty Ain interviews Daniela Hantuchova in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue.
Weary winner Venus Williams stood near the net swatting souvenir balls to cheering fans, but a marathon match had taken its toll, and one of her attempts didn't even reach the stands.