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Serena Williams wins opener

Updated: May 4, 2014, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Serena Williams brushed aside Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 to open her defense of the Madrid Open title on Sunday, while Maria Sharapova beat Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.

The top-ranked Williams won nine of 10 games during one stretch to take control of her first match since taking a monthlong break following her early exit at Charleston.

Williams, who has won the clay-court tournament the past two years, broke Bencic five times and rounded ...

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