May 30, 2017

Serena Williams Advances in Toronto


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(August 7, 2013) No. 1 Serena Williams opened her Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Francesca Schiavone. Williams will try to get some sisterly revenge when she faces Kirsten Flipkens in the third round. Flipkens defeated Venus Williams in the first round.

“I felt good. I felt solid,” Williams said after the match. “I obviously made a few errors but it’s just my first match on hard (court) in a really long time. I also played a really good player, so it was a good match.”

Williams’ American countrywoman Sloane Stephens advanced besting Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

“She’s obviously a really good player and played some really good points,” Stephens said of her opponent.  “Sometimes I think there was a couple of games where when she was serving and she would be down and she’d hit like an amazing first serve and first volley, so it was definitely tough.

“I thought I just had to kind of stick it out, and I was able to play some good points.”

Fourth seed Li Na of China sent Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova out of the tournament  with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

“I was feeling pretty good at least during the tournament, so I can move on,” Li said. “Of course first match always tough, because after Wimbledon I think three or four weeks didn’t play any tournaments.


Toronto, Canada

August 5-11, 2013

Results Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 62
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 64
(5) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 76(2)
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (WC) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 63 62
(7/WC) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Lauren Davis (USA) 60 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (9) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 57 76(0) 64 (saved 2mp)
(10) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 60 64
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (11) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 75
(12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 16 62 63
(13) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (Q) Kiki Bertens (NED) 75 36 62
(14) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 63 46 63
(15) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (WC) Sharon Fichman (CAN) 64 76(6)
(16) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 64
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 64 62

Doubles – Second Round
(2) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 64 64
(3) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Begu/Govortsova (ROU/BLR) 62 61
(4) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Chan/Hrdinova (TPE/CZE) 64 62
Kalashnikova/Rosolska (GEO/POL) d. (5) Mirza/Zheng (IND/CHN) 36 61 106 (Match TB)

Doubles – First Round
(WC) Dabrowski/Fichman (CAN) d. (8) Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) 64 67(5) 108 (Match TB)
Jankovic/Srebotnik (SRB/SLO) d. Cibulkova/Hsieh (SVK/TPE) 67(5) 61 102 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, August 8, 2013
Centre Court (from 11.00am)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sloane Stephens
2. Ana Ivanovic vs. Li Na (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Serena Williams vs. Kirsten Flipkens (NB 14.30hrs)
4. Petra Kvitova vs. Samantha Stosur (NB 19.00hrs)

Grandstand (from 11.00am)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Sara Errani
2. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Marion Bartoli
3. Jelena Jankovic vs. Sorana Cirstea (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Roberta Vinci
5. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Hantuchova/Hingis

Court 1 (from 14.00am)
1. Kalashnikova/Rosolska vs. Makarova/Vesnina
2. Klemenschits/Savchuk vs. Dabrowski/Fichman
3. Jankovic/Srebotnik vs. Huber/Llagostera Vives (after suitable rest)