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Williams makes winning start
Serena Williams began the defence of her WTA Championships title with a crushing win over Angelique Kerber.
Williams' 6-3 6-1 victory over German Kerber lasted only an hour and four minutes.
Kerber is the only player in the Red Group ever to have beaten Williams, and one of only four different players the American has lost to since Wimbledon last year.
That came in Cincinnati last summer but there was never any danger of a repeat.
Williams has been utterly ruthless this season and she reeled off the first three games, drawing applause from Kerber for a running forehand down the line.
Kerber lost all her group matches on her debut at the season-ending tournament 12 months ago and she made a bad start to the second set when, after a long game, she double-faulted twice to hand Williams another break.
The American has won the title on her two most recent appearances, in 2009 and 2012, and she lost just three points on first serve as she wrapped up victory with the minimum of fuss.
Williams has been in Turkey practising since Saturday, and she said: "It's good to get here and feel the conditions. I have played here before, so I think that helped."
Kerber felt there was nothing more she could have done, saying: "Today she was playing unbelievable and I had actually no chance. I think I served very good, but she was returning unbelievable."