Williams has not played the Cincinnati Masters in three years, but lifted back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.
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Serena Williams re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters Monday.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 Grand Slam champion lost 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to Lucas Pouille.Murray last played 11 days ago in a Washington third-round match that took him three hours to win and ended at 3 a.m.Sam Querrey beat ninth-seeded American compatriot John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5).
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