Serena Williams tastes victory again in Toronto
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[August 09, 2022] Serena
Williams earned her first singles win in more than a year, pushing
her way to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain on
Monday in the first round of the National Bank Open at Toronto.
Williams had seven aces and saved seven of eight break points while
moving to the second round after a 79-minute second set. She next
will face the winner of Tuesday's match between Belinda Bencic of
Switzerland and Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic.
Afterward, Williams said she can see "light at the end of the
tunnel" while showing Monday she still has match victories left in
"I love playing though, so it's like amazing. But, you know, I can't
do this forever," the 23-time Grand Slam winner told the crowd. "So
it's just like sometimes you just want to try your best to enjoy the
moments and do the best that you can."
The victory was Williams' 35th in the main draw at the Canadian
event, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most all time.
In other first-round matches Monday, No. 14 seed Karolina Pliskova
of the Czech Republic defeated countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova 6-3,
6-4, while No. 15 seed Simona Halep of Romania defeated Donna Vekic
of Croatia 6-0, 6-2.
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Also earning a straight-set victory was No. 16 seed
Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, who got past Anhelina Kalinina of
Ukraine 6-4, 6-2.
Canada's Leylah Fernandez, the 13th seed, topped Australia's Storm
Sanders 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3.
In a pair of all-United States matches, Sloane Stephens nipped Sofia
Kenin 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5, and Asia Muhammad ousted Madison Keys 7-6
(5), 6-4. Alize Cornet won an all-French matchip against Caroline
Garcia 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Other first-round winners included Elena Rybakina
and Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil
and Alison Riske-Amritraj of the United States.
In the last match of the night, Switzerland's Jil Teichmann cruised
past the United States' Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3.
--Field Level Media
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