Serena comes up aces at Rogers Cup

Top-seed Serena Williams launches one of her 10 aces against Kirsten Flipkens en route to an easy...

Top-seed Serena Williams launches one of her 10 aces against Kirsten Flipkens en route to an easy 6-0, 6-3 win at the Rogers Cup yesterday. (Reuters)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

Serena Williams put on another clinic on Thursday, this time ramping up her big serve that might have left Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens wishing she was wearing protective gear on Centre Court.

In a match that lasted just shy of an hour, Williams, the top-seeded player at the Rogers Cup in Toronto and current world No. 1, piled on 10 aces against her first-time opponent en route to an easy 6-0, 6-3 win.

Next up for Williams is a quarterfinals date with Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, who led 7-6 (5), 1-0 when Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli of France was forced to retire from the match with an abdominal injury.

Williams, who won her second Rogers Cup title two years ago in Toronto, barely broke a sweat on Thursday, winning 19 of 23 first serves and all but one of her second serves, while winning four break points.

She pushed her match-wins record to 21-2 at the Rogers Cup, where she is riding an eight-match win streak.

 


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