Serena cruises, Pouille ousts Murray

Cincinnati: Serena Williams re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. The 23-time Grand Slam champion showed full recovery in her first match since suffering the worst defeat of her career two weeks ago in San Jose when she was crushed 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes by British No. 1 Johanna Konta.

Andy Murray’s injury comeback was sidetracked as the three-time Slam champion lost 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to Lucas Pouille. Stan Wawrinka opened with a defeat of Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Novak Djokovic survived a stiff test, needing 9 match points to outlast Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). -Agencies

Canadian Shapovalov advances

Canadian Denis Shapovalov beat US tournament debutant Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-5, Sam Querrey beat ninth-seeded American compatriot John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5). In the women’s first round, Azarenka made her first appearance here since 2015 count as she defeated Spanish veteran Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-4. Double Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her 2017 injury comeback, beating Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5).

(With inputs from agencies)