Serena Williams adds another win
• Serena Williams joked that since the calendar still read 2012, she needed to maintain this year’s dominant form. The 15-time Grand Slam champion opened her 2013 season Sunday, and Williams needed less than an hour to beat fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Brisbane International in Australia. Williams won 31 of her last 32 matches during the 2012 season. She was 58-4 overall.
• Venus Williams and John Isner led the United States to a 2-1 victory over South Africa at the Hopman Cup mixed team competition in Perth, Australia. Williams rallied to defeat 60th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After Kevin Anderson beat Isner 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5), the match came down to mixed doubles. Williams and Isner beat the South Africans 6-3, 6-2 to clinch victory.
• Fourth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and seventh-seeded Laura Robson of Britain won easily to reach the second round of the Shenzhen Open in China.
Richardson keeps title streak going
• Heather Richardson won her third title in three days at the U.S. Long Track Championships, setting a national record in winning the 1,500 meters Sunday. Brian Hansen won the men’s race. Richardson’s time of 1 minute, 53.84 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval lowered the old mark of 1:54.19 set by former Olympian Jennifer Rodriguez in 2009.
• Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored in the first period, and Canada beat the United States 2-1 to advance to the next round at the junior ice hockey world championships in Russia. Jacob Trouba scored for the U.S. The Americans need to beat Slovakia today in Group B to move on.
• Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin won the second stage of the Tour de Ski and took the overall lead in the seven-leg World Cup event in Oberhof, Germany.
• Former champion Anders Jacobsen of Norway mastered tricky wind conditions to win the opening stage of the prestigious Four Hills ski jumping competition in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Jimenez breaks shin while skiing
• Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has broken his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months. Jimenez said in a statement that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing Saturday. Jimenez says “I was playing well, but you have to take life as it comes.”
— Associated Press