Two-time United States Open champion Venus Williams rallied from a set down to roll into the second round of the 2014 edition of the event, where she will now meet Timea Bacsinszky, whom she has met on one previous occasion on the professional tour. Williams leads the head-to-head series 1-0.
It is rare that Venus Williams get to be the younger player on court in 2014, but this was one of those occasions, as she contested an entertaining battle against Kimiko Date-Krumm, who is nearly a decade older than she is. After Date-Krumm snatched the opener, Williams rebounded by winning 11 of the next 14 games to go up 6-3, 5-0 before closing out the match 6-3.
“I was the younger one today,” Williams said. “But when you step out on the court, I don’t think anybody thinks about age. Because if you’re on the tour, it means you deserve to be here. You’ve got the skill and you know how to play. I didn’t have the ideal start, but she’s a tricky player. She came up with some really good shots off my serve. I just wasn’t able to convert enough holds early on. I give her a lot of credit for winning the first set and really making it extremely challenging.”
Williams will now face Timea Bacsinszky, who had a much easier path to the second round of the US Open when her opponent, Kiki Bertens, retired in the second set of their match in the afternoon.
This is the second time these two competitors meet on the professional tour, with Williams leading the head-to-head series 1-0. She should have an easier time in her second round outing than in her opener.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Straight Sets