To the surprise of no one, Serena Williams entered the Rogers Cup as the top seed. As the top seed, the younger Williams sister received a first-round bye and thus, had to wait until Wednesday to see her first action in Francesca Schiavone of Italy.
While those weary of Serena’s success were hoping for the second Williams sister to bow out, they did not get their wish as the American won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
With her victory, Serena is onto the third round in the tournament where she will face Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens who eliminated Venus from the Rogers Cup in the tournament’s opening round on Monday.
As Serena entered the room for her post-match press conference, her presence was electric – physically. The fluorescent yellow of Serena’s track coat was so loud that I had to immediately buzz my optometrist (at his house, mind you) to book an emergency appointment where I will hopefully have the courage to ask him about a seeing-eye dog. But I digress.
Serena took her victory over Schiavone with stride. While not quite as upbeat as her older sister, Serena admitted that she made a few errors but did feel she had a good, solid game despite playing on a hard-surface court for the first time in a long time.
Recently at the tournament, there has been some controversy involving having some of the men’s already-eliminated players from Montreal’s showing of the Rogers Cup coming over to Toronto to play some exhibition matchups. Yet, none of the eliminated women have been invited to go to Montreal.
While players like Ana Ivanovic took exception to this news stating matter-of-factly that “if the men can come over here, the women should go over there,” Serena had a more diplomatic view of the situation saying that whenever more tennis is played, it’s always a good thing. Serena then further went on to half-joke that if the women are invited to make the switch next year that she won’t be involved as she’ll still be playing in the tournament.
Wednesday evening marked a solid start for the American but Serena will need to be on top of her game when she faces the aforementioned Kirsten Flipkens in round number three who earlier in the day, defeated 22-year-old Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
The matchup is set for Thursday afternoon so we’ll see if the American can keep going or whether the Belgian can acquire the enviable distinction of ousting both Williams sister in the same tournament.