August 09, (THEWILL) – In the opening round of the National Bank Open in Toronto, Serena Williams defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-3 6-4, to earn her first singles match victory in 430 days.
The clever Spaniard was defeated by the former world No. 1 in an hour and 58 minutes, which included a lengthy 25-minute game that Williams had to hold in the second set. She won a singles match for the first time since June 4, 2021, when she defeated Danielle Collins at the French Open.
Williams had lost to Harmony Tan in a final set match tiebreak in the Wimbledon first round just over a month prior, and this was only her second singles match in the previous year.
Parrizas Diaz was broken early by the 23-time Major champion, but the Spaniard quickly broke back, levelling the score at 3-3 with a few more service holds. Williams needed three set points to win the match in 42 minutes.
The second set was much more competitive thanks to Parrizas Diaz, who held to start and broke the American’s streak of games and was the first to earn a break point as Williams fought through a three-deuce game that featured an incredible 19-shot rally that the 40-year-old eventually won with a cross-court winner. In the second round, Williams will play either Tereza Martincova, a qualifier, or Belinda Bencic, the 12th seed.