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

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet5 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 with the sun blazing overhead. It was Williams' serve that made the difference, as the 35-year-old recorded 18 aces in the win.

    "By the time I got to the third set I was able to clean up my game a bit," Williams said after the match. She added that the new roof structure over Arthur Ashe stadium added more shade than usual. "I felt some clarity and just wanted to take the opportunity to play better."

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

    American CoCo Vandeweghe joined Williams and Falconi in the next round with a quick 6-4, 6-3 dismissal of Sloane Stephens. Stephens came in as the No. 23 seed, and many had expected her to face Serena Williams in the third round. 

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  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet23 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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