Williams, who entered the match with a 6-0 record vs. Pennetta, improves to 41-1 on the season and keeps alive her bid for a fourth Rogers Cup title.
Despite the ease of her victory, the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up was full of praise for her illustrious opponent and was pleased with the way she performed despite the delay due to the testing weather conditions. “I haven’t had a lot of match play recently, but I was able to raise my game, and I think it was pretty competitive out there after that first set”.
Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 11, did not have too many problems, however, as she saw off Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-3 6-3, while three-time former semi-finalists Victoria Azarenka also progressed in straight sets with a 6-1 6-4 triumph over Elina Svitolina.
After dropping the first set, Serena found herself down a break early in the second set. “Everyone only talks about men’s tennis, but to have someone like Serena, it’s really very fortunate so I think she should get even more credit than she does”.
1 Serena Williams will attempt to win the Grand Slam at the U.S. Open in New York in September.
While Serena Williams and “boyfriend” Patrick Mouratoglou are inseparable on court, the fashion world has become exclusively her domain. This time, she’s the cover star of New York Magazine’s highly anticipated fashion issue.
“I feel like I started out a little bit rusty in a sense. She was better than me that day, and that’s really it”.
She has been called “masculine”, she and Venus have been accused of having been born male, of using steroids and the head of the Russian Tennis Federation calls them “the Williams brothers”. “But I’m staying positive and I’m just looking forward to when it’ll turn around”. “I’ll just do athletic wear, ‘” said Williams, who also rocks a slitted Elizabeth and James dress in the photos, according to US Weekly. “A good vintage red wine, I’d say, getting better with age, I hope”.
Richmond Hill’s Carol Zhao played American Madison Brengle in the afternoon, while Montreal’s Francoise Abanda will play 16th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany after Bouchard’s match.