Mason, OH (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Serena Williams needed all three
sets to win her second-round match, while her former top-ranked sister Venus
exited the draw Wednesday at the $2.37 million Western & Southern Open, a
hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.
Following an opening-round bye, the reigning U.S. and French Open champ Serena
lost the opening set against qualifier and rising Canadian Eugenie Bouchard
before charging back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 decision at the Lindner Family Tennis
Center. The American needed 1 hour, 47 minutes to advance, which she did with
the help of seven aces and six breaks of serve.
Serena, fresh off her title in Toronto last week, will encounter German Mona
Barthel in the third round on Thursday.
An unseeded, world No. 37 Venus, meanwhile, succumbed to Russian Elena Vesnina
6-2, 5-7, 6-2. The 33-year-old Venus has now lost five of her last six matches
Meanwhile, sixth-seeded former French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy
snuck past Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and seventh-seeded
former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought off qualifier Marina Erakovic
of New Zealand 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3.
Ninth-seeded German and 2012 Cincy runner-up Angelique Kerber beat Russian
Alisa Kleybanova 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, while 11th-seeded former U.S. Open champion
Samantha Stosur of Australia handled American Jamie Hampton 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
Stosur was the titlist in Carlsbad just two weeks ago.
Also on Day 3, 12th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci held off German qualifier
Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 and the aforementioned Barthel vanquished
16th-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-4.
This week's winner will earn $426,000. The tournament is part of the U.S. Open
Series, or the North American hardcourt events that lead up to the U.S. Open,
which will commence August 26.
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