US Open

Venus looks sharp in 70th US Open win

2016-09-02 06:54
Venus Williams (Getty)

New York - Venus Williams sharpened up her game to notch her 70th career victory at the US Open on Thursday, reaching the third round with a crisp 6-2, 6-3 victory over Julia Goerges.

After surviving 63 unforced errors to squeeze past Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova in the first round, the 36-year-old Williams had just 17 - with 18 winners - in her one hour and 18 minute win.

"Woo hoo! Feels good," said Williams, who unlike others playing under the new roof on Arthur Ashe stadium was buoyed by the enthusiastic crowd rather than put off by the amplified noise.

"There's nothing like playing in New York," said Williams, who first played on Ashe in 1997 - the year it was unveiled.

"It was a long time ago," she said. "I'm so grateful to still be here playing, winning matches."

With her 72nd main draw appearance in a major Williams has broken the Open Era mark she shared with compatriot Amy Frazier for most Grand Slams contested.

The seven-time major winner, who won back-to-back titles in Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, said her latest Grand Slam bid was right on track.

"I just want to keep playing aggressive, make less errors," she said. "That's definitely a success in this match."

Results from the fourth day of the 2016 US Open tennis championships at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday (x denotes seeded player):

Men

Second round

Dominic Thiem (AUT x8) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Pablo Carreo-Busta (ESP) bt Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-2

Nick Kyrgios (AUS x14) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Illya Marchenko (UKR) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Daniel Evans (GBR) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x27) 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Alessandro Giannessi (ITA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5

Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Ivo Karlovic (CRO x21) bt Donald Young (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Jared Donaldson (USA) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Joao Sousa (POR) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x16) 6-2, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x22) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x30) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3)

Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Women

Second round

Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Vania King (USA) 6-3, 6-3

Johanna Larsson (SWE) bt Denisa Allertova (CZE) 6-3, 6-1

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-0, 6-1

Zhang Shuai (CHN) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x16) 6-3, 6-3

Carla Suarez (ESP x11) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-4

Elena Vesnina (RUS x19) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-2, 6-1

Timea Babos (HUN x31) bt Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 6-2, 6-4

Simona Halep (ROM x5) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-3, 6-4

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Naomi Broady (GBR) 7-6 (11/9), 6-3

Caroline Garcia (FRA x25) bt Katerina Siniakov (CZE) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Ana Konjuh (CRO) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-3, 6-3

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x15) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x10) bt Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 6-1, 7-5

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x17) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5)

Laura Siegemund (GER x26) bt Nicole Gibbs (USA) 6-3, 7-5

Venus Williams (USA x6) bt Julia Goerges (GER) 6-2, 6-3

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