Ser­ena Wil­liams beats Flavia Pen­netta

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Top-ranked Ser­ena Wil­liams re­bounded to beat Italy’s Flavia Pen­netta 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Tues­day in the sec­ond round of the WTA Tour’s Rogers Cup.

“I was re­ally frus­trated with how I was play­ing,” Wil­liams said. “And then I got re­ally an­gry. ... So I said, ‘Ser­ena, you’re go­ing to have to be pos­i­tive and be good to your­self out here.’ “

The 21-time Grand Slam win­ner won a day af­ter sis­ter Venus Wil­liams was elim­i­nated in straight sets by Ger­many’s Sabine Lisicki.

The 33- year- old Wil­liams blamed un­forced er­rors for her early strug­gles.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity for me be­cause I haven’t played a match on hard courts since April-ish, early, early April, af­ter Mi­ami,” Wil­liams said. “It was a long time ago. So I think it was re­ally good for me to have that match play.”

Wil­liams won the first of her three Toronto ti­tles in 2001.

“Like a nice vintage wine, Wil­liams said. “A good vintage red wine, I’d say, get­ting bet­ter with age, I hope.”

Slump­ing Cana­dian star Eu­ge­nie Bouchard dropped out, fall­ing 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 to Switzer­land’s Belinda Ben­cic in a first-round match. Bouchard has also lost 13 of her past 15 matches.

“It’s easy to let your­self get neg­a­tive when you lose a cou­ple of matches in a row or you know your body’s not feel­ing great,” Bouchard said. “It’s def­i­nitely been a tough road. And I feel like I’m at least not go­ing down­wards any­more. I’m try­ing to go on the right path.

“I feel like I can be close to per­form­ing well on the court, and it’s just been a long, pa­tient kind of bat­tle, and I feel like I’m close to turn­ing it around.”

On other first-round matches, France’s Al­ize Cor­net up­set ninth­seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4; qual­i­fier Mir­jana Lu­cic-Ba­roni of Croa­tia beat 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2; No. 11 Eka­te­rina Makarova of Rus­sia topped Amer­i­can qual­i­fier Anna Tatishvili 6-3, 6-3; and Amer­i­can Ali­son Riske de­feated 12th-seeded Timea Bac­sin­szky of Switzer­land 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3).

Be­larus’ Vic­to­ria Azarenka beat Ukraine’s Elina Svi­tolina 6-1, 6-4, and Ger­many’s An­gelique Ker­ber beat Ja­panese qual­i­fier Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-1.

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