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Toronto - Serena Williams, who captured the Rogers Cup in 2001 and 2011, easily won her opening match this year by beating former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone in straight sets on Wednesday.

The top seeded Williams eliminated Italy's Schiavone 6-3, 6-2 in the WTA Tour's $2.4 million hard-court tournament.

"She's a grand slam champion so I had to really focus," said Williams, who was the runner-up in Toronto in 2000. "I made a few errors but it's my first match on hard (courts) in a really long time."

Williams next faces No 13 seed Kirsten Flipkens, who beat Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Flipkens ousted Venus Williams in the first round earlier this week, but this will be the first career match between her and Serena Williams.

Last year's runner-up Li Na, of China, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and Petra Kvitova also won their Toronto openers in straight sets.

Serena Williams blasted five aces and won 68 percent of her first-serve points against the Italian veteran.

The error-prone Schiavone hit nine double faults and won just 25 percent of her second-serve points.

Williams said she is confident going forward in the tournament.

"It took me a few games to adjust to her game. Now I feel like I'm completely adjusted, and I feel good going into the next round," Williams said.

Fourth-seeded Li stormed to a 6-1, 6-4 win against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova while seventh seed Bartoli, who won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last month, took the first seven games of her match with America's Lauren Davis in a 6-0, 6-3 victory.

Bartoli said she was surprised how smoothly she rediscovered her game after her Wimbledon triumph.

"I hadn't played on hard courts for a while, and also the last two times I played in Toronto I lost in the first round," Bartoli said.

"So I just wanted to enjoy myself on the court and try my hardest, and being able to win 6-0, 6-3 was obviously pretty good for me.

"I think I played well, and I'm very pleased with the way I handled everything on the court today."

Bartoli had been scheduled to make her post-Wimbledon return in California last week, but had to pull out with a hamstring injury.

"My hamstring is getting better and better," she said Wednesday.

"I just need to take care of it every day. I was able to work with my physio back home and do some rehabilitation and strength work on it so it gets stronger.

"The summer season is a grueling season -- you have to be really fit and ready -- so I'm working on it on a daily basis to make sure I'm getting stronger and stronger."

Romania's Sorana Cirstea pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the event so far by beating world number 10 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

Cirstea rallied from an opening-set loss to win 5-7, 7-6 (7/0), 6-4 outlasting Denmark's Wozniacki in a marathon match that finished just four minutes shy of three hours.

Czech star Kvitova downed crowd favorite Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, 6-3, 6-2 in the night match.

Australian Samantha Stosur, who was the runner-up here two years ago and last week's titlist in Carlsbad, beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4. Ivanovic was the Toronto winner seven years ago.

Results on the third day of the Montreal Masters on Wednesday (x denotes seed):

2nd rd

Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Filip Peliwo (CAN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Jesse Levine (CAN) 6-2, 6-0

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) bt Tommy Haas (GER x10) 5-0 - retired

Benoit Paire (FRA) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x8) 6-2, 7-6 (7/2)

Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 6-4

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-2, 6-4

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x13) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL x15) bt Frank Dancevic (CAN) 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-4

Milos Raonic (CAN x11) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-4, 6-4

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Alex Bogomolov (RUS) bt David Ferrer (ESP x3) 6-2, 6-4

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x6) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

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