MASON, Ohio – Top-seeded Serena Williams had some embarrassing moments while winning her opening match at the Western & Southern Open on a cool and windy afternoon.
Williams overcame what she described as one of the worst sets of her career before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday.
It was her first match since she won at Toronto on Sunday, matching her career best with her eighth singles title of the season. She's never done well in Cincinnati, reaching the semifinals one time.
She noted that if she doesn't do much better, this tournament won't end well, either.
Andy Murray opened the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny. Murray is trying to win the tournament for the third time.