Serena Williams won her first match since losing the Wimbledon final, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Rogers Cup.
The 37-year-old Williams has won the event three times, all in Toronto, and has a 31-4 match record.
“I feel like my movement is great - been working on my fitness, so I felt like it really was able to shine through today,” Williams said. “I’m loving going out there, and I’m loving kind of running. So it’s a good thing.”
In the third round, she’ll face Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova - a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Zhang Shuai of China.
“Now that I’m just injury-free, I’m just enjoying being able to train, and I haven’t been able to do it since January, really,” said Williams, seeded eighth. “So I just think that the fact that I can train and practice and get in the gym is really going to be helpful for me.”