Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/5/13
Top-seeded Serena Williams easily won her opening match in the Rogers Cup, beating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night at Rexall Centre. Williams, coming off a victory 2-1/2 weeks ago in the Swedish Open, set up a third-round match Thursday against 13th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. Flipkens edged Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Earlier, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined her since her major victory, beating American qualifier Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3. ''I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself, because the last two times I played in Toronto, I lost first round,'' said Bartoli, seeded seventh. ''So I just wanted to enjoy myself on the court and try my hardest. Obviously, being able to win 6-love, 6-3 was pretty good for me.'' American Sloane Stephens also advanced, topping Germany's Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Also, fourth-seeded Li Na of China topped Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6...
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