US Open begins at Flushing Meadows in NY

Serena Williams with her fiancé Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams with her fiancé Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian

Seeded No. 9, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams is the only USA player in the men's or women's draw to have won a major singles title.

Venus Williams will close out the day session on Arthur Ashe, facing Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova.

Since Williams became the first unseeded US Open women's finalist since 1958, she has won the 2000 and 2001 US Opens and five Wimbledon crowns, including her most recent Slam title in 2008.

"She played wonderful. She played well, served well, competed well".

Kuzmova, who reached the US Open juniors final previous year (falling there to Kayla Day of the United States), kept fighting, saving a set point at 5-2 with an ace, and then hitting another ace on game point to force Williams to serve out the first set at 5-3.

Fifteen years Williams' junior, 15th-seeded Madison Keys appears ready to navigate the U.S. Open draw after being reunited with her coach Lindsay Davenport and looking fully recovered from wrist surgery late last year.

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The 30-year-old Russian made a tearful return at the U.S. Open by defeating the No. 2 seed, Romania's Simona Halep, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in a gripping first-night match. But things happen. That's why we play the match, because you have to win the match.

She said in the past, she struggled to find her rhythm at Flushing Meadows.

"I just want to win, and if you get the win, you get the ranking", said Williams, who was already at No. 1 in 2002.

Before the American's match was over, that number of No.1 ranking contenders was reduced to seven, because the No. 7-seeded Johanna Konta was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6 6-3 6-4. "I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week".

Rafael Nadal is top seed in Men's singles section and Karolina Pliskova is the top seed in Women's Singles event.

Big-serving 6-foot-10 Isner, whose favorite surface is the hard court, reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2011 and could make another deep run this year if he doesn't let his return shots hinder his game. On the women's side, there as No. 21 Ana Konjuh, No. 24 Kiki Bertens and No. 32 Lauren Davis.

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