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Sports briefs: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic advance at Western & Southern Open

Published August 14, 2013 4:09 pm

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Tennis • Serena Williams overcame what she described as one of her worst sets before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open.

Older sister Venus Williams lost her second match of the tournament, falling to Russia's Elena Vesnina 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. The 33-year-old Williams is slowly working back into shape after missing most of the summer because of a lower back injury.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a ragged first set while beating Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2, leaving him 8-0 career against the Argentine.

Djokovic has never won in Cincinnati, the only one of the nine Masters series events that has eluded him.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray opened pursuit of his third Western & Southern Open championship with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny.

Pekovic signs 5-year deal with Wolves

NBA • The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic.

Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tweeted that the deal is done. Saunders and Pekovic's agent, Jeff Schwartz, spent more than a month negotiating the deal, which was completed on Wednesday.

From wire reports