Venus leads American challenge at US Open

Sep 01, 2017, 12:32
Venus leads American challenge at US Open

Now in her 22nd year as a professional, Williams is currently carrying the mantle for both herself and younger sister Serena, the expectant mother who is taking a sabbatical from competitive tennis as a result of her pregnancy. It was the highlight of a busy day that featured 87 singles matches on the schedule after rain washed out most play a day earlier.

Rafael Nadal is top seed in Men's singles section and Karolina Pliskova is the top seed in Women's Singles event.

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The 30-year-old Russian made a tearful return at the U.S. Open by defeating the No. 2 seed, Romania's Simona Halep, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in a gripping first-night match.

While Stephens and Makarova provided the drama, past US Open champions Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced.

Sock, a two-time medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will be looking to make a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time; he made it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time in his career a year ago. In New York, the athlete beat Dutch Bertens and Australian Rodionov, and in only 38 matches of the year won 19 wins.

Training for the U.S. Open is incredibly grueling - but it also requires a ton of self-care.

Wozniacki had won all seven previous matches she had played against Makarova, whose best Grand Slam showing was a semifinal run at Flushing Meadows in 2014. Querrey's best showing at the U.S. Open was a fourth-round appearance in 2010, but he's bowed out in the first round each of the last two years.

It was the first tour-level, main-draw match of Kuzmova's career, and the 967th for Williams, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, in addition to her five Wimbledon championships.

But this season, at age 37, Williams has turned back the clock, reaching the finals at Wimbledon and the Australia Open.

In New York, Williams resumed not knowing, or caring about, what was said about her in the press.

She hit 32 winners to 14 unforced errors, served six aces and had no reason to raise her grunts of effort anywhere near her top decibel.

Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament's end.

For the first time since 2010, Venus Williams is competing at the U.S. Open without her record-setting sister Serena, who is now pregnant with her first child with fiance Alexis Ohanian. "I'm not out there reading press, watching TV or trying to see who said I was going to win".

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