Williams, Navratilova team up in Tokyo

Serena Williams teamed up with Martina Navratilova in the first round of the Toyota Princess Cup, in Tokyo.

Serena Williams teamed up with Martina Navratilova in the first round of the Toyota Princess Cup, in Tokyo.

They enjoyed a 6-1 4-6 6-3 first round victory over Conchita Martinez and Nicole Pratt.

"I was having a few withdrawal symptoms from not having Venus here," said Williams.

"But if I've got to be partnered with anyone else there is nobody better than Martina."

The 45-year-old Navratilova said: "I did think about the generation gap. I mean, I used to play with Virginia Wade and Billie Jean King and here I am playing with someone who didn't start playing until 1996."

Williams is scheduled to open her singles campaign on Wednesday after receiving a first round bye.

Defending champion Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia will have to wait until Thursday as organisers deal with a backlog of matches due to rain.

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