Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Two-time champion and former world
No. 1 Venus Williams was an easy first-round upset winner Monday at the U.S.
The 33-year-old Venus leveled 12th-seeded surprise Wimbledon semifinalist
Kirsten Flipkens, of Belgium, 6-1, 6-2 in 1 hour, 24 minutes at Arthur Ashe
The currently 60th-ranked seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus captured the
Open back-to-back in 2000 and 2001 and was the runner-up here in 1997 and
Meanwhile, third seed Agnieszka Radwanska and fifth-seeded Chinese star Li Na
were also among the winners on Day 1.
The 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska, of Poland, routed Spaniard Silvia
Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-2 at Ashe, while this year's Australian Open runner-up
and the former French Open champion, Li, leveled Belarusian Olga Govortsova
6-2, 6-2 on the grounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Also, 16th-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, of Germany, handled
Russian Vera Dushevina 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 18th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez
Navarro dismantled American Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-0, and 23rd-seeded American
Jamie Hampton bested Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-2 for her first-ever
U.S. Open match win.
Some other seeded winners on Monday were No. 25 Estonian Kaia Kanepi,
No. 30 Brit Laura Robson and No. 32 Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Kanepi
overcame American Vania King in three sets, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
A mild upset came when Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner doused 29th-seeded
Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.
Also advancing was American Coco Vandeweghe, who topped Serb Aleksandra
Krunic 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
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