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Update Serena Williams storms into third round of US Open
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TORONTO: Serena Williams made a solid start to her first US Open tune-up with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens on Wednesday while Naomi Osaka took a step closer to regaining her world No. 1 ranking by reaching the last 16 of the Rogers Cup.

Three-times champion Williams, playing her first match since falling to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final, married her trademark power with quick movement and a steady stream of booming serves to overwhelm Belgian Mertens.

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Local Star Bianca Andreescu Wins Title After Serena Williams Retires With Injury

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Toronto: Serena Williams wept as back pain forced her out of the WTA Toronto final after just four games on Sunday, handing the title to home hope Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu, 19, was up 3-1 with a break of serve when 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams found she couldn't continue.

When it was clear that Williams would retire, the young Canadian approached her chair, offering words of encouragement and a consolatory hug.

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