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Tennis | US Open

Women's wrap: Monday, Aug 26



Venus Williams reached the second round of the US Open on Monday by defeating Belgian 12th seed and Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2.

Williams, ranked 60th, took just 84 minutes to avenge a loss to Flipkens at Toronto earlier this month and book a second-round date against China's Zheng Jie or Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.

"It's just good to be here, see familiar faces since my first time in 1997 with the beads and the braces," Williams said. "It's good to be back."

Williams improved to 15-0 in US Open openers by beating Flipkens.

"I started off fast and ended up slow," Williams said. "It was tough in the second set. I was glad to close it out."

LI NA THROUGH

Chinese fifth seed Li Na reached the US Open second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

Li, a quarterfinalist in 2009, next plays either Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic or Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden.

SUAREZ NAVARRO ADVANCES

Spanish 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro was the first player into the US Open second round on Monday.

She defeated America's Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-0 in under an hour and next faces either Coco Vandeweghe of the US or Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic for a place in the third round.

RADWANSKA TOPS SOLER-ESPINOSA

Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska cruised into the second round of the US Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Monday.

In the tournament's first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Radwanska needed only 63 minutes to improve to 28-2 in Grand Slam openers. She won 15 of 21 points at the net.

The US Open is the only major tournament in which the Polish star has never made the quarterfinals. She has reached that stage at the first three Grand Slam events this year, something no other woman has accomplished.

The 69th-ranked Soler-Espinosa, from Spain, advanced to the third round at the US Open the last two years.

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