Venus Williams moves into 3rd round at US Open
Venus Williams has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open with a 64 62 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
It was a far easier match than Williams had in the first round, when she stopped after three games to have a trainer place a wrap below her left knee, then needed three sets to get through.
Against Mattek-Sands, Williams stepped out on court wearing heavy bandaging above and below that knee. It was similar to the tape job she wore at Wimbledon, where she reached the final before losing to her younger sister Serena.
“I was moving pretty good and I try not to focus on my body and put that out of my thoughts,” said Williams.
“I’m still playing well and I feel I’ll continue to play better as the rounds go on,” she said. “I’m trying not to make this injury a factor at all.”
She said she had no plans to pull out of the doubles with her sister, Serena, where they are trying to add the U.S. Open to their Australian and Wimbledon titles this year.
“My mentality for doubles is, it’s a major title and I love winning majors,” Venus said. “It’s not a decision I take lightly. I’m going to do my best to be able to prepare.”
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