Serena Williams advances in Toronto

The Associated Press
Serena Williams advances in Toronto
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TORONTO (AP) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams easily won her opening match in the Rogers Cup, beating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night at Rexall Centre.

Williams, coming off a victory 2 1/2 weeks ago in the Swedish Open, set up a third-round match Thursday against 13th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. Flipkens edged Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

''I felt good. I felt solid,'' Williams said. ''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.''

Earlier, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined her since her major victory, beating American qualifier Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.

''I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself because the last two times I played in Toronto I lost first round,'' said Bartoli, seeded seventh. ''So I just wanted to enjoy myself on the court and try my hardest. Obviously being able to win 6-love, 6-3 was pretty good for me.''

American Sloane Stephens advanced, topping Germany's Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Also, fourth-seeded Li Na of China topped Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4; fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy edged Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (2); and France's Alize Cornet of France beat 11th-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 7-5, 7-5.

In late matches, sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic edged Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2; Romania's Sorana Cirstea knocked off ninth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 5-7, 7-6 (0), 6-4; and and 12th-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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