Eugenie Bouchard makes quick exit at U.S. Open

Eugenie Bouchard makes quick exit at U.S. Open

"It's really important because it's good to have tough matches", Williams said during her post-match press conference. Kerber has won just two matches in NY in the last three years, and hasn't made a Slam quarter since her 2018 Wimbledon title.

"I thought she served really well".

Rarely was Williams challenged by a rival who she now holds an incredible 20-2 career head-to-head record over.

Serena Williams needed only 59 minutes to beat Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-1, at the U.S. Open for her 19th consecutive head-to-head win. Williams took control by winning the final five games of a 24-minute opening set, then the first two of the second set.

Williams began her 2019 US Open campaign with a comfortable 6-1 6-1 win over Maria Sharapova.


"I've had a lot of tough matches here and a lot of tough losses", she told the crowd afterward, "but coming out here tonight makes it all worthwhile". She will play Russian Anna Blinkova on Tuesday.

In her 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 first-round win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, Barty did not face any break points in the second or third set after losing a one-sided opening set.

The match highlighted a blockbuster start to the final major of the tennis season that had eight former US Open champions playing on Monday. The tennis legend won the final five games of their first set in just 24 minutes, and clocked in a total of 54 minutes on the court inside New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Brooksby, an 18-year-old Californian, earned his first Grand Slam win and said afterward that he may reconsider his plans to play at Baylor University after the US Open. "Stokesy was incredible. I think we missed some opportunities and my whole team were glued to it". Ramos will not officiate any Williams match at this year's US Open. "I hope I can continue to play well".

Steffi Graf retired with 22 Grand Slam titles - all during the Open Era - and Serena has already surpassed her.


"Gosh", Williams said, when reminded of the 19 straight matches and the 15 long years. "There are many people that can write me off, especially after going down 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Open. I don't know. It's just flawless for me". "My body's good. I feel good", she disclosed.

And as if USA wildcard Caty McNally, her next foe, or any other rival needed any more concern, Williams warned she has some new, unrevealed aspects to her game to bring out should the need arise.

The only real slip-up by Opelka came when he served for the match ahead, 6-5, in the third set.

Novak Djokovic, aiming to be the first man to win back-to-back titles at the US Open since Roger Federer in 2008, started his title defense Monday with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 win over Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain.

Karolina Pliskova dropped serve six times but the 2016 finalist advanced over countrywoman Tereza Martincova in two breakers.


And, sure, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber continued her rough Grand Slam year with a first-round exit against Kristina Mladenovic by a 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 score, while 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova and reigning French Open title victor Ash Barty both struggled through rough starts before emerging to win.

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