Serena Williams of USA in action against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2015 in Indian Wells, California. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP
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World No. 1 Serena Williams is prepared to fight through pain to get onto the court Friday and begin defending her title at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.The Niculescu match is a repeat of the second round a fortnight ago in Indian Wells, which Williams won in two difficult sets, and will probably bring her big pain test.With all seeds on the men's and women's draws given byes, first round matches for the remainder continued, with two-time winner Victoria Azarenka strengthening her 2015 injury comeback with a defeat of Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-3 .Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic advanced over veteran Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) and Briton Heather Watson defeated Russian Evgeniya Rodina 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 .Americans Christine McHale and Alison Riske both advanced, joining Pauline Parmentier in the second round after the French player beat Kiki Bertens 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 .
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