CLOSESolid start for Serena Williams at US Open

World magnificence cooks serve up top of the range meals at the US Open.
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NEW YORK — Each Grand Slam comes with its personal pluses and minuses, and the US Open is not any exception to that truth.

One of the toughest sides of this match is that the venue is within the borough of Queens and the lodge lodging are in Manhattan. Traffic or no visitors, attending to the place the fits are performed isn’t a snappy shuttle across the nook.

In distinction, at the 3 different Grand Slams — the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon — avid gamers generally tend to stick in both close by accommodations or momentary condominium leases nearer to the courts.

“Today was a weird day for me,” Serena Williams mentioned at the courtroom Monday night time after successful her first-round fit 6-Four, 6-Zero towards Magda Linette of Poland. “I left my hotel and didn’t get to say goodbye to (daughter) Olympia, but I get to go back now and see her.”

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She persevered the concept later within the media convention, pronouncing, “It’s different because it’s a much further ride away obviously. I have to take an extra two hours in transit that I’m not going to see her.”

A six-time U.S. Open champion, the 36-year-old Williams is surely out there to win a 7th trophy right here this 12 months. At the instant, Williams is tied with Chris Evert for probably the most US Open crowns received within the Open technology.

More vital, alternatively, if Williams can lay declare to the US Open name she would tie Margaret Court’s document of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Unlike Court, all of Williams’ main trophies had been received within the extra high-stakes surroundings tennis.

The win towards Linette improves Williams’ document to 18-Zero in US Open first-round fits. Earlier Monday, older sister, Venus, 38, enhanced her US Open first-round document to 20-Zero with a three-set win towards Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Serena began the fit a little tentatively, but it surely didn’t take her lengthy to search out her groove. She by no means confronted a wreck level on her personal serve and took good thing about 4 of six wreck issues Linette introduced.

“I thought it was a good match,” Williams mentioned. “It used to be a perfect first-round fit. Magda, she’s any such fighter. She’s an overly laborious employee. I have observed her at Patrick’s (Mouratoglou’s) academy a couple of instances, so I roughly knew what to anticipate this night. It used to be a bit little bit of a aid to understand what to anticipate.

“I believe total I had a bit shaky start, however I were given into it,” she added.

All the controversy round those portions is that the Williams sisters are actually only one fit clear of dealing with each and every different within the 0.33 around. But prior to that may occur each wish to win their second-round encounters.

Serena will play Carina Witthoeft of Germany within the second-round. Witthoeft defeated American Caroline Dolehide 6-Three, 7-6 (6) to earn her position within the subsequent around. Venus is about to play Camila Giorgi of Italy, who posted a 6-Four, 6-1 win over American wildcard recipient Whitney Osuigwe.

Serena’s response to every other all-sister day out used to be easy: “Just were given to play, with a bit of luck get there.”

Venus used to be a little extra verbose in addressing the imaginable third-round stumble upon, pronouncing, “Yeah, that’s the draw. I mean, I’ve had an interesting draw. Obviously, the next match, my opponent is not going to roll over, as well as today. That’s really my focus. Hopefully we’ll both be there.”

If that Williams sisters fit does turn into an reality it’ll be Friday.

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