Serena Williams rallies early in Rogers Cup opener, then rolls

— -- TORONTO -- Top-ranked Serena Williams rebounded to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Tuesday in the first round of the WTA Tour's Rogers Cup.

"I was really frustrated with how I was playing," Williams said. "And then I got really angry. ... So I said, 'Serena, you're going to have to be positive and be good to yourself out here.' "

The 21-time Grand Slam winner won a day after sister Venus Williams was eliminated in straight sets by Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

The 33-year-old Williams blamed unforced errors for her early struggles.

"It was a good opportunity for me because I haven't played a match on hard courts since April-ish, early, early April, after Miami," Williams said. "It was a long time ago. So I think it was really good for me to have that match play."

Williams won first of her three Toronto titles in 2001.

"Like a nice vintage wine," Williams said. "A good vintage red wine, I'd say, getting better with age, I hope."

Slumping Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard dropped out, falling 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic. Bouchard has also lost 13 of her past 15 matches.

Also, France's Alize Cornet upset ninth-seeded Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4, qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia beat 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, and No. 11 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia topped American qualifier Anna Tatishvili 6-3, 6-3

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-4, and Germany's Angelique Kerber beat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-1.