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Serena, Vinus and champion Stevens qualified for the second round8-11-2018
Last year`s champion Sloane Stevens and sisters Serena Williams and Vinus Williams have begun with victories at the US Open tennis tournament. Stavens ranked third in the home game against Eugenia Rodina (Russia) with 6:1, 7:5. `I was pleased, it was not easy, but it`s always good when you go through the first round with a clear win The beginning of the Chelsea tournaments is always super hard, especially when you defend your title I was a little nervous but it`s never easyfor us, the Americans, to play at the US Open, `said Stevens, who will meet the 21-year-old qualifier Angelina Kalinina (Ukraine) in the second round.
Six-time New York Champion Serena Williams, set under number 17, started 6:4, 6:0 over Magda Linate from Poland. So the winner of the Opens record 23 Grand Slam titles made a successful return to Flushing Meadows after missing her last year`s race for her pregnancy. `The feeling of being here again is great and I only live in New York City, ` said the American who expects Carina Witheoft from Germany in the second round.
The winner in 2000 and 2001, Vinus Williams, had a much more difficult task against another former champion - Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia). 38-year-old Williams, 16th in the scheme, still won against 33-year-old Kuznetsova with 6:3, 5:7, 6:3. The Russian-born Wild Card, which triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2004, lost a 1:4 gap in the second set, but in the third part it again made a 1:4 pass and this time failed. It`s never easy when you meet a former shaman in the first round, it played best when it was lagging, so it was hard for me to close the game I had some difficulty in preparing (knee pain) The conditions were heavy today, but I hit a lot of balls in this match, so I hope this will help me for the next one, `said Williams, who is expecting the Italian Camilla Georgia in the next phase.
Grand Slam Grandfather Champion (Spain), 12th in the circuit, scored easily 6:3, 6:0 against Chinese Shuiyan Chan, and Qualifier Carolina Muhova from the Czech Republic will meet in the second round.
The two-time finalist in 2012 and 2013 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) managed 6:3, 7:5 with Victoria Kuzmova (Slovakia) in their first match in New York from 2015 onwards.
Azarenka will meet number 25 Daria Gavrilova (Australia), who did not give a game in their first game to Sara Soribes Tormo (Spain).
The finalist of 2016 and number 8 in the scheme, Karolina Plishkova (Czech Republic) defeated Zarina Dias (Kazakhstan) with 6:4, 7:6 (4) after having played four sets of own serve at 4:part. In the second round she will play with Anna Bogdan from Romania.
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