Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Tsvetana Pironkova at the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday. Photo: IC
Serena Williams put herself back on the winning track in the American's final warm-up event before the US Open with a 7-5 Nike Air Max 90 Sale Outlet
, 6-3 win over Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.
The defending champion enjoyed a successful return to Cincinnati but Caroline Wozniacki, who Williams beat in the final at Flushing Meadows last year, continued her poor buildup for New York with a straight-set loss to Victoria Azarenka.
Williams prevailed in 90 minutes and showed none of the uncharacteristic struggles that dogged her during last week's semifinal loss to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in Toronto.
The world No.1, who will aim for a rare sweep of the four Grand Slam events at the August 31-September 13 US Open, broke Pironkova's serve once in each set and then sealed -victory in style with her 15th ace of the second-round match.
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," Williams, who improved to 44-2 in 2015, said in a courtside interview.
The American will meet Karin Knapp in the third round after the Italian advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Russia's Daria Gavrilova.
Williams is skipping next week's Connecticut Open in order to prepare for the US Open, where she will look to earn her fifth consecutive Grand Slam singles title and fourth of 2015.
"There's definitely a lot of pressure ... I would like to win the Open, probably more than anyone else Nike Air Max 2017 Sale Outlet
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"Whether I do or not, I'm going to try to win it this year or next year and just keep going for that. So, it's not the end of the world."
In the evening session, Azarenka continued her dominance of Wozniacki when she eased past the fifth seed 6-0, 6-4.
Though ranked well below her opponent due to an extended -injury layoff, it was the fifth consecutive straight-set victory for the world No.21 from Belarus over the Dane.
Wozniacki had her chances in the second set but frittered away 10 of 11 break points Nike Air Max 2018 Sale Outlet
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The Dane, who has fallen at the first hurdle against three different opponents the past three weeks, has been granted a wild card entry into next week's Connecticut Open in an effort to find some form before heading to the US Open.
Fourth seed Petra Kvitova also bowed out, the Czech beaten 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 by Caroline Garcia Nike Air Max Sale Outlet
, of France, leaving the women's event with just two of the top five seeds still standing.
Garcia will meet 14th seed Elina Svitolina in the next round after the Ukrainian edged out the slumping Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (86), 7-5 as the Canadian's woeful season -continued.
In earlier action, Romanian third seed Simona Halep beat Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 while Czech seventh seed Lucie Safarova advanced with a 6-4 Air Max 90 Sale Outlet
, 7-5 win over American wild card Coco -Vandeweghe.
A still from Mad Max: Fury Road Photo: AFP
It's been a very successful week for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. In addition to its $378 million international box office, the film has continued to accumulate critical acclaim. Already voted Best Film by the International Federation of Film Critics, last night the film dominated The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA Awards) by winning eight of its 11 nominations to include Best Film and Best Director. In the US it just received top honors from the US National Board of Review, a pointer to the Oscars.
Rarely has a film so effectively combined commerce and art. The Best Film Award was presented to Miller and producer PJ Voeten by the original Mad Max from the first three movies, Australian actor and Hollywood star Mel Gibson, who was back in Australia to direct a movie.
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''The logistics of the shoots were gruelling especially as we were forced to move the Australian outback location to the Namibian desert three years ago due to rain and floods," said Miller.
"Surviving these was a triumph in itself so this success is an unexpected bonus.
"You just don't know what you have until it gets out there. I never expected to get the kind of response we've had. It really is a tribute to the cast and crew."
Last night the movie also scooped awards for best cinematography, editing, original music score Air Max 2017 Sale Outlet
, sound, production design and visual effects.
Fury Road takes place in a bone-dry future, where a group of women - five escaped sex slaves plus Imperator Furiosa, the battle-scarred liberator played by Oscar winner Charlize Theron - tear across the wasteland in a fume-belching, 18-wheel war rig. Max finds himself caught up in the wake of this whirlwind pursuit, while the women's former master Air Max 2018 Sale Outlet
, the slavering despot Immortan Joe, follows on with his fanatical War Boys in tow.
The original Mad Max films followed in quick succession (1979, 1981 and 1985), after which Miller, one of Australia's best directors, diversified to other genres such as Oscar-nominated Babe (1995) and Oscar-winning animated feature Happy Feet (2006). Yet over the years Miller continued to be haunted by new incarnations of Mad Max.
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