Williams, playing under the lights on Tuesday night, August 28th, advanced to the second round of the competition 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour by beating Coco Vandeweghe. Serena’s win came on a day in which her sister Venus also advanced.
“I mean, the match was so weird, the conditions were so tough, I couldn’t really play my game. She couldn’t really play her game. It’s not the best opportunity to grade yourself,” commented Serena after the win.
The victory means her record in first round Grand Slam matches improved to 48-1 while her record at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center improved to 59-9, having won three titles in her career, including her first back in 1999.
Serena has won Wimbledon and took the gold at the London Olympics by winning over Maria Sharapova at the All England Club to become the first tennis player to win the career “Golden Slam,” or claiming all four majors and a gold medal, in both singles and doubles.
Meanwhile, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic also advanced to second round of the Open in under 90 minutes over Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-0, 6-1.
“Obviously, I tried to analyze my game, and my game was great from the start to the end,” said Djokovic after the win. “You know, it’s also important for me to try to be as economical with the time I spend on the court as possible, but obviously not underestimating any opponent. I played really focused, tried to get to the net also. It was great all in all.”
Djokovic claimed 16 of 28 points when coming to net and struck 32 winners to his opponents 10, while hitting seven aces to the Italian’s six double faults. (Hayden Roger Celestin images)