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  • U.S. Open: Venus Williams advances to second round

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 hrs ago

    NEW YORK – Venus Williams continued her streak of perfection in the first round of the U.S. Open, this time defeating Monica Puig, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 on Monday afternoon.

    Williams is the oldest woman in the draw this year. She has won her first-round match in all of her 17 appearances here. 

    Puig held off four match points in a second-set tiebreak, forcing a deciding third set. It was Williams' serve that made the difference, as the 35-year-old recorded 18 aces in the win.

    Williams will face fellow American Irina Falconi next. Falconi advanced with a straight-set win over American Samantha Crawford.

    American CoCo Vandeweghe joins Williams and Falconi in the next round with a quick 6-4, 6-3 dismissal of Sloane Stephens. That sets up another all-American showdown between Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Wednesday. Mattek-Sands defeated Kateryna Kozlova, 6-4, 6-3. 

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  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet21 hrs ago

    When the U.S. Open starts on Monday morning, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will not be there. The No. 3 seed withdrew from the tournament on Sunday afternoon, citing a right leg injury. She has not played since losing to Serena Williams at Wimbledon this year. 

    This is the third time in two years that the 2006 U.S. Open champion will miss the final major of the tennis season. The schedule had her set to face No. 1 Williams in the semi-finals, if each made it that far. 

    "Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this (year's U.S.) Open. I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time," Sharapova announced on her Facebook page, right as the USTA issued a press release. "To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong."

    Sharapova's absence could actually mean a more challenging semi-final for Williams, considering Sharapova has not beaten Williams since 2004. 

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  • J.K. Rowling shuts down latest Serena hater

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 mth ago

    J.K. Rowling was really excited about Serena Williams' Wimbledon victory. Like millions of others, she tweeted about the win shortly after Williams claimed her 21st Grand Slam title.

    #SerenaSlam! I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!

    When a Twitter troll responded with a demeaning tweet, Rowling wasn't having it. 

    .@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI

    Williams has dealt with these types of trolls throughout her career, usually brushing off the hatred without even acknowledging them.

    Rowling is the latest in a long line of defenders – and surely won't be the last – but for now, at least she shot down one of the trolls. The tweet has been favorited more than 55,000 times and retweeted more than 44,000.

     

     

     

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