Sam Stosur defeated Anastasiya Yakimova to move into the second round.BRISBANE – A four-month break has not curbed the tennis instincts of Serena Williams.

But the 13-time grand slam champion has made the surprise admission that she has never had a love for the sport.

In her first match since last September’s infamous US Open final loss to Australia’s Sam Stosur, Williams overcame South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-3 in the Brisbane International first round.

The fourth seed revealed yesterday that she was scaling down her 2012 schedule as she prepared for life after tennis.

Meanwhile, Stosur move into the second round after downing Bulgarian Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2, 6-3.

Ana Ivanovic booked a second-round showdown with fellow former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters by downing Austria’s Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-3 yesterday.

The former French Open champion was keen for revenge after letting five match points slip in her last clash with Clijsters in Miami in March 2011.

“Last time it was a hard one for me,” world No. 22 Ivanovic said. “I will go out there and test myself, push and see how far away I am from the top players.”

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