While her sister fell victim to an early round upset on Wednesday, it was business as usual for Serena Williams at the US Open on Thursday afternoon. The tournament favorite seeking her 17th Grand Slam title and second straight at Flushing Meadows, cuised to a typically easy second-round victory, 6-3, 6-0 over Galina Voskoboeva in a half-full Arthur Ashe Stadium. Ashe Stadium being half full presumably because of the likelihood that Serena would dispatch of her opponent in straight sets, which was the eventual result.
Williams was pushed only briefly against Voskoboeva, who is ranked 77th in the WTA Rankings and hails from Kazakhstan.
Serving at game point trailing 5-3, Voskoboeva drew Williams to the net, and as Williams reached for the ball, her feet slid out from under her and she fell hard onto her backside, her racket slamming to the ground. Before she fell, however, she reached the shot to win the point. Two points later, she closed out the set and with that Voskoboeva’s spirit.
Despite the straight set win, Williams wasn’t pleased with dropping three games in the opening set to the massive underdog in Voskoboeva.
“I’ll have to think about it and see what I can do better, but it was OK,” she said in her post match press conference.
In other American action on the women’s side of the Opean Christina McHale won a three-setter over Elina Svitolina, while another U.S. player, 81st-ranked Allison Riske, had an easier time in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Mona Barthel. A special moment for Riske who is an up and comer on the major tournament scene after advancing to the third round at Wimbledon.
“You never know at these things,” Riske said after making the third round of her second straight Grand Slam tournament. “Anything can happen. That’s kind of the beauty of tennis in general. Ranking is kind of just a number.”