Serena Williams Survives Slow Start to Beat Pennetta in Toronto Debut!


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Serena Williams Survives Slow Start to Beat Pennetta in Toronto Debut!

Serena Williams won the first second-round matched played on Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Surviving a slow start, Serena came back from a set down to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta - a former US Open semifinalist - with the final score of 2-6 6-3 6-0.

The World No 1 was down a break in the second set, with Pennetta serving at 2-1. Wiliams then put together an impressive sequence of 11 games to 1 to clinch victory. Serena confirmed her incredible stat, not having lost a three-set match yet this year:

MATCH POINT In first-round matches Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber won in straight sets, while Sara Errani needed three sets to gain the edge over Kristina Mladenovic.

All First Round Tuesday Results in Toronto: Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d Elina Svitolina (UKR) | 6 - 1 | 6 - 4 |
[L] Julia Goerges (GER) d Zarina Diyas (KAZ) | 2 - 6 | 6 - 1 | 7 - 5 |
Alize Cornet (FRA) d [9] Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 7 (2) | 6 - 4 |
Alison Riske (USA) d [12] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) | 3 - 6 | 7 - 6 (4) | 7 - 6 (3) |
[Q] Carina Witthoeft (GER) d CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) | 6 - 3 | 3 - 6 | 6 - 1 |
Madison Brengle (USA) d [WC] Carol Zhao (CAN) | 6 - 1 | 6 - 1 |
[15] Sara Errani (ITA) d Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) | 5 - 7 | 6 - 1 | 6 - 0 |
[Q] Olga Govortsova (BLR) d Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) | 6 - 3 | 7 - 6 (4) |
[Q] Polona Hercog (SLO) d Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) | 6 - 4 | 1 - 6 | 6 - 3 |
[11] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d [Q] Anna Tatishvili (USA) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 3 |
[Q] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d [Q] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) | 6 - 3 | 7 - 6 (3) |
[13] Angelique Kerber (GER) d [Q] Misaki Doi (JPN) | 6 - 0 | 6 - 1 |
Barbora Strycova (CZE) d Varvara Lepchenko (USA) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 4 |
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d Caroline Garcia (FRA) | 7 - 6 (4) | 6 - 2 |
[Q] Monica Puig (PUR) d [Q] Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) | 6 - 4 | 4 - 6 | 7 - 5 |
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d Karin Knapp (ITA) | 6 - 0 | 6 - 0 |
[Q] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [10] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) | 3 - 6 | 7 - 6 (5) | 6 - 2 |
Daria Gavrilova (RUS) d Samantha Stosur (AUS) | 6 - 4 | 6 - 4 | ALSO READ Serena Williams and her stunning NY Magazine Shoot