Serena and Venus Williams through to second round of US Open 2013

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In the night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, defending champion Serena Williams played fellow Grand Slam champion, 33 year old and 54th ranked Francesca Schiavone. Serena had lost just four matches in the entire season to date, while Schiavone’s illustrious career is clearly coming to an end. Serena’s fire power and exquisite timing was just too much for the Italian, who dropped the first set in twenty three minutes without winning a game. Serena took the first four games of the second set. At 0-3 down, the Italian hugged a bewildered ball boy for some crowd sympathy before getting to deuce and advantage for the first time in the match – and holding on her 7th break point – to get a single game. Surprisingly, Serena did not hit a single ace in the one hour encounter, only lost six points and made one unforced error in the opening set and ended the match with eight unforced errors and thirteen winners.

Venus Williams caused an upset when she dispatched 12th seed Kirsten Flipkens to avenge a loss against the Belgian in Toronto recently. Wearing a flamboyantly floral dress with hair coloured to match, the fans were treated to the Venus of old as she raced through the first set with the loss of just one game and then took the first two games of the second set. Flipkens got fired up too from that point and, by rushing the net and playing a wide variety of shots, levelled at 2-2. Even though there were two games which lasted almost ten minutes each, the American prevailed and took the next four games to wrap up the set 6-2.

18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro got her campaign off to a great start when she was the only played to record a double bagel victory. Her hapless opponent was the young 70th ranked American, Lauren Davis.

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