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The defending champion won the first seven games of Friday's match, then actually fell down a break early in the second set, before quickly regaining it on the way to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na.
So far in his first Grand Slam title defense, Murray needed to beat players who are ranked 47th, 49th, 65th and 81st. He's well aware things probably will get a tad tougher the rest of the way at the U.S. Open.
Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January. But in the rematch Sunday, the 16-time Grand Slam champion served big and controlled points against the 20-year-old.
The fifth-seeded Li defeated Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2 in the day's first match. Shortly afterward, heavy rain came and Li's only concern was finding an umbrella to cover herself on the walk to the car.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will play Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the opening singles match Saturday when Russia hosts Spain in the first round of the Fed Cup.