Serena Williams eased into the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a straight-method victory over Belgium’s Elise Mertens.
The 23-time Colossal Slam champion, 37, won 6-3 6-3 to method up a tie with Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.
“I’m loving going available,” said American three-time winner Williams.
Elsewhere, Japan’s Naomi Osaka moved a step nearer to regaining her world #1 score after her opponent Tatjana Maria retired at 6-2 down.
Ashleigh Barty’s 2nd-round defeat saw her hand over her eight-week reign as world #1, with Karolina Pliskova moreover within the working to rob over at the live.
Czech third seed Pliskova beat American Alison Riske 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 to method up a meeting with Anett Kontaveit within the subsequent round.
Elsewhere, defending champion and fourth seed Simona Halep beat American Jennifer Brady 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7-5) while sixth seed Elina Svitolina – winner in 2017 – defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Belinda Bencic – champion in 2015 – beat Julia Goerges in straight sets nonetheless there were defeats for Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.
Williams dominates after regular start
Eighth seed Williams – taking part in in her first match since dropping the Wimbledon final – ultimate won the title in 2013 and is using this one year’s match as a heat-up for the US Start, which begins on 26 August, the attach she’s going to dawdle for a story-equalling twenty fourth Colossal Slam title.
After a gradual start, wherein Mertens went an early atomize up, world amount 10 Williams fought relieve to exhaust five consecutive games sooner than serving out the outlet method.
In the 2nd method, 23-one year-extinct Mertens broke Williams’ reduction at the first opportunity nonetheless Williams immediate spoke back and went a double atomize up.
She sealed the match on atomize point with world amount 20 Mertens having made eight double faults and 19 unforced errors within the match.
“I the truth is feel admire my motion is big,” said Williams. “[I’ve] been working on my fitness, so I felt admire it the truth is modified into in a local to shine by approach to.”
Her third-round meeting with Alexandrova – who beat China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-3 – might per chance be her first in opposition to the Russian qualifier.