US Open: Serena Williams Opens with an Awkward Win

Tennis - World no. 1 Serena Williams won on a day that was liberally peppered with upsets following Vitalia Diatchenko´s retirement

by Ronnie Rear
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US Open: Serena Williams Opens with an Awkward Win

Defending champion and world no. 1, Serena Williams had an abrupt move into the second round at Flushing Meadows after her opponent, Russian Vitalia Diatchenko retired midway in the match following injury. The American was leading 6-0, 2-0 when Diatchenko put a halt to the match proceedings.

Serena Williams dominated proceedings right from the get go even as Vitalia Diatchenko struggled to get her rhythm in the match. It didn’t help matters for the Russian when, trailing 5-0 in the opening set, she had to take a medical time-out for an injury to her left foot.

When play resumed – on the Russian’s serve – it continued to be a one-way street in favour of the defending champion as she bagelled her opponent to claim the first set in merely 21 minutes. Diatchenko’s game looked to be completely listless in the second set as did her discomfort look palpable.

It came as no surprise then that the youngster retired in the match after trailing Williams 2-0 in the second set, after being broken for the fourth time in the match. And though Williams wouldn't have envisioned of taking her place in the second round in such an awkward and premature fashion, her manner of performance in the brief time of the match was thorougly confidence inspiring.

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