6th seed Angelique Kerber and 30th seed Jelena Jankovic had no trouble at all in their 1st round matches today in Flushing Meadows. Kerber was up first and playing against Anne Keothavong of Great Britain. The German set the pace early, giving no time for the veteran Keothavong to find her rhythm. Kerber was dominant from the start and more importantly, managed to stay consistent throughout the match. The Briton was no match for her opponent today, who only gave her one quick look at a break point opportunity which vanished as quickly as it came. Attacking Keothavong’s serve with powerful groundstrokes, Kerber made quick work of her opponent, taking the match 6-2, 6-0 in just 54 minutes.
30th seed Jelena Jankovic had a similar match against Kateryna Bondarenko in the afternoon. The former world no. 1 has had a topsy-turvy career mired with confidence issues, but appears to be in good form at the start of the tournament. The Serbian handily defeated Bondarenko, who was clearly struggling on her serve. Striking 5 double faults, she was not in a position to challenge Jankovic’s solid game. In a tidy match which saw Jankovic convert on an impressive 5 of 9 breakpoint opportunities, the 2008 US Open finalist took the win at 6-1, 6-2.
Jankovic will play Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain in the 2nd round while Kerber has set up an exciting matchup with Venus Williams, who also won her 1st round match in straight sets. Other seeds through to the 2nd round include 12th seed Ana Ivanovic, 2nd seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci and Dominika Cibulkova.