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Serena overwhelms Sharapova at the US Open

Serena overwhelms Sharapova at the US Open

In her first US Open match since last year’s loss in a chaotic and controversial final, Serena Williams played tennis that bordered on perfection and allowed little drama.

The American beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1, whom she had never faced in this tournament. Williams extended her winning streak against the Russian to 19 games and now leads the series of duels between them 20-2.

“Every time I play against her, she just brought out some of my best tennis,” Williams said.

So it was this time. The meeting lasted 59 minutes. Williams won double the points, 56-28. He saved all five break points he faced and fired serves at speeds of up to 115 mph (185 kph). He also broke the Russian’s serve five times.

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Williams arrived in Flushing Meadows, where he has won six titles, amid questions on his back. A series of spasms intensified earlier this month, preventing him from continuing to play during the final of a hard-surface training tournament. The same problem withdrew her from another contest entirely.

Against Sharapova, Williams did not show a single discomfort.

“The body is fine. I feel good, “Williams said. “My back is much better. I’m excited. This is going to be fun. “

It was the most intriguing match of the day that kicked off the last Grand Slam of the year.

But a lot also happened in other duels within the New York tennis complex. World number one Novak Djokovic began his title defense with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, and the young 21-year-old American, Reilly Opelka, gave the biggest surprise of the day in his debut in the contest, eliminating 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to number 11, the Italian Fabio Fognini. AP

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