Top seed Serena Williams eased into the second round of the US Open, where she will now meet another young American in Vania King. This is the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and should be a very similar match to Williams’ opener.
The American No. 1 defeated Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-1 in the final singles match of the day on Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was a dominant performance from Williams, who faced no break points on serve and hit 16 winners to secure the victory in 55 minutes.
“I think it was an interesting match. I thought she played really well. She started out super strong. She did a good job. I think Taylor is a really great player. I believe she does everything well. She’s one of the few players that can come to the net and volley, as well as she has unbelievable hand speed with her racquet. She’s really unbelievable.”
Williams is now 56-1 in first round matches at Grand Slams, with the only loss coming in the infamous match against Virginie Razzano in the first round of the 2012 French Open.
Her opponent, Vania King picked up an impressive three-set victory over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, where she hit 18 winners to secure the 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory in 1 hour and 55 minutes.
“I’m not sure if I played her before, but I’ve always liked her game,” Williams said about King. “She gets a lot of balls back. She likes to hit lots of rallies. She’s another American. So it’s a shame that Americans have to keep playing each other. But, hey, at least an American can go to the third round.”
This is just the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, yet should be a contest that favours Williams.
Prediction: Serena Williams in Straight Sets