US Open: Serena Williams begins title defends with win
Serena Williams defeated Alexa Glatch 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open Tennis Championships where she is the defending champion.
Serena had little trouble on Monday at Ashe Stadium, although Glatch did manage to break Serena’s serve in the opening set. Serena, though, broke twice and dominated the second set with 10 winners and three breaks of serve.
Glatch received a wild card for the U.S. Open, only to find she was playing one of the best Grand Slam players in history.
Williams, who has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, is going for her second straight and fourth U.S. Open title.
“You just try not to think about the occasion,” Glatch said. “You try to pretend it’s any other court and you’re playing against any other opponent. But it’s very hard to do, especially when it’s your first time out there in the biggest stadium there is.”
Other winners in the first round included eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, 12th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, 17th-seeded Amelie Mauresmo and 26th-seeded Francesca Schiavone.