Halep, a finalist both in Madrid and at the
Serena Williams defeated American Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-1 after breaking her six times to wrap her 24th straight win in less than an hour. She will face
“I don't think I've played her on clay yet,” Williams said about Stephens, who beat her at the 2013
Venus Williams, however, lost to fellow former No. 1
Venus Williams, seeded 16th, went up a break at 4-3 in the second set, only for Azarenka to win four of the next five games.
Also, Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic came back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to oust sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Petra Kvitova, seeded fourth, rallied past qualifier
Other seeded winners included Carla Suarez Navarro,
The men's tournament only had two first-round matches.