MASON, Ohio (AP) — Top-seeded Serena Williams won an opening match that was as close as it gets, rallying in both tiebreakers to move on at the Western & Southern Open.
Williams needed an hour and 54 minutes to beat Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7) on Wednesday, showing a little more poise on the toughest points.
Most of the top players advanced, though not without a struggle.
Roger Federer needed 2 hours to beat Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-2. Federer took control in the middle of the third set, breaking the Canadian twice in a row.
Andy Murray had a much easier time, taking little more than an hour to beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3. John Isner, who reached the finals last year, also advanced.
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