Two-time champ Williams avenged a first-round loss by her sister, Venus, to Flipkens, beating the Belgian 6-0, 6-3 in a third round match in the $2.4 million tournament at the Rexall Centre stadium.
“After I won the first set I definitely thought about Venus, and I thought about what a good comeback Kirsten had, so I thought, I'm not going to get over-confident,” Williams said. “I was just trying to stay really focused as well as really intense at that moment.”
Flipkens, a surprise semi-finalist at Wimbledon, ousted Venus Williams 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round. But she couldn’t repeat the upset against Serena who won this tournament in 2001 and 2011 and was the runner-up in 2000. Williams blasted 10 aces, had one double fault and lost just one point (14 of 15) on her second serve in the 56-minute match.