Serena Williams rides bicycle to match

Serena Williams can claim another first, and another victory:

She beat the traffic by riding a bicycle to her match.

With Key Biscayne’s main road in a snarl Saturday night,

Williams borrowed a bike at her hotel, rode to her match and beat

Ayumi Morita in the third round of the Sony Open, 6-3, 6-3.

Williams match was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., and she learned

about the gridlock before leaving her hotel.

”The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, `I have been here

for an hour, and I’m staying like eight minutes away,”’ Williams

said. ”I’m like, `OK, I’m not going to make my match.’

”So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn’t have a golf

cart. Then they were like, `We have a motor bike.’ I’m like, `I

don’t do motor bikes.’ They said, `We have a bicycle.’ I said, `I

really don’t do bicycles, but I will today.”’

Traffic jams are common on Key Biscayne, where only one road

connects the island with the mainland and Miami. But Williams had

never resorted to a bicycle before.

”It was fun,” she said. ”It was probably one of my best

memories I think ever, riding a bike to a match. That’s pretty

cool.”

Williams is ranked No. 1. She seeks her sixth Key Biscayne title

and her first since 2008.