Serena Williams in her third-round match in Toronto, Canada for the Rogers Cup defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia by 7-5 and 6-4 to make it to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
She was playing her first tournament after losing the finals of Wimbledon. She opened with a victory against Elise Mertens by 6-3 and 6-3. 37 years old Serena has won the Roger Cup titles back in 2001, 2011 and 2013 which were all played in Toronto.
Serena said, “I feel that it takes a while to get the rhythm back. We have had a long season of grass and clay-court tournaments and now we are back on hard courts. So, yeah, it feels really different.”
Next Serena will face the 8th seeded player Naomi Osaka who earlier defeated the Polish qualifier named Iga Swiatek.
In other matches of the day, world rank no. 3 Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic also moved into the quarterfinals after winning over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit by 6-3 and 7-5.
In her quarterfinals match, Pliskova will now play against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu.