Serena Williams, Marin Cilic Advance to China Open Second Round

While Serena Williams crushed Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5, 6-2, Marin Cilic defeated Chinese wildcard Yan Bai beat 6-3, 6-4.

updated: September 29, 2014 16:42 IST
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Serena Williams was 5-0 down in the first round before crushing her opponent.

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Beijing: US Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their openers at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women's number one crushing her opponent after being 5-0 down.

Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa looked to be cruising to a memorable victory against the power-hitting American in Beijing as she raced to a five-game advantage within twenty minutes.

But Williams' response was ruthless, taking seven consecutive games to clinch the set with an incredible show of force.

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