Serena, Djokovic advance to second round at US Open
Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, defeating CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes. Coming off titles at Wimbledon and the London Olympics, Williams looked sharp against Vandeweghe, committing only nine unforced errors despite the tricky conditions. “I didn’t hit anything too hard, because the ball I wouldn’t have known where it was going to go,” Williams said. In search of her 15th Grand Slam title, Williams improved to 48-1 in first-round matches at major tournaments. The only loss was at this year’s French Open. And Williams came up with a creative way to judge just how much the air was whipping around at Flushing Meadows.
“I usually gauge the wind by my hair,” Williams said. “If it’s really going forward, I’m thinking, ‘It’s really windy.” Vandeweghe, who fell 7-5, 6-3 to Williams in the Bank of the West Classic final earlier this summer, had trouble dealing with her toss in the blustery wind. She finished with six double-faults and only held serve once in seven tries.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost the first game on Tuesday, then ran off 18 of the next 19 en route to a 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 win over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the first round of the U.S. Open. Second-seeded Djokovic won 79 of 114 points and finished with seven aces and 32 winners compared to zero and 10 for his opponent. The match took only 73 minutes.