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Serena Williams beat Francesca Schiavone in the first round of the U.S. Open so soundly on Monday that the loser requested a playful, comforting hug from a surprised ball boy. Williams played Schiavone Monday —and she wasn't so easy on the Italian tennis phenom. Williams, the top-seeded player and defending U.S. Open champion, crushed Schiavone 6-0, 6-1, winning 24 of 30 points in the first set. The second set didn't go much better for Schiavone, who was the first Italian to win a major tennis tournament when she won the 2010 French Open. Williams began the second set by winning a 26-point game - and it only got worse for Schiavone from there. In the third game of the second set, Schiavone lost yet another point. So, she walked up to the unsuspecting ball boy and forced him into a comical embrace as the crowd let out a collective "awww." Schiavone apparently knew what she was in for before the match. At her pregame presser, she asked what her reaction was when she found out that she would be playing Williams in the first round of this year's Open. Her response: "Oh f***!" That's Italian for Oh f***!
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Serena Williams was so dominant in the first round of the US Open, her opponent really needed a hug.
So midway through the second set of defending champion Williams' 6-0, 6-1 victory Monday night, Francesca Schiavone wandered behind the baseline, found a ball boy and enveloped him in a full-fledged embrace.
It was that kind of evening for Schiavone, an often-demonstrative player...
Venus and Serena Williams rallied from down a set and from down a break in the third to win their first-round doubles match at the U.S. Open.
A day after Venus was eliminated in singles in the second round, the sisters beat Spaniards Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday in front of a big crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Serena won her second...
You can't say Francesca Schiavone lacks a sense of humour! With a double bagel on the cards at 0-6 0-2, Schiavone looked for consolation from an unlikely source... the ball boy (or is that man?)! I guess when you are playing an in-form Serena Williams it's best not to get too upset about these things. The hug kind of worked for Schiavone, as she avoided...
Defending champion and top-seeded Serena Williams reached the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan on Thursday.
The first set took 44 minutes and was a struggle for Williams, who slipped and fell onto her backside while chasing a drop shot while receiving at 5-3. She got to the ball and saved game point, then closed the set two...
Francesca Schiavone had a tough day on Monday. She drew Serena Williams in the opening round of the US Open, and the match went as many anticipated it would. Williams defeated Schiavone 6-0, 6-1. Realizing that she was totally out of it at one point, Schiavone decided she needed a hug. The 33-year-old Italian startled […]
Yet to be challenged even a tiny bit at this U.S. Open, Serena Williams now gets a sure-to-be-hyped match against one of only three women to beat her all year, Sloane Stephens.
From the moment the women's draw came out at Flushing Meadows, it was clear which potential fourth-rounder was the most intriguing: defending champion Williams against up-and-coming talent Stephens, the...
After a late night playing singles at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams returned Saturday afternoon and teamed with sister Venus for a 6-4, 6-4 doubles victory over Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
Serena Williams didn't wrap up her singles win over Yaroslava Shvedova the night before until 1:05 a.m. On Sunday afternoon, she'll play her fourth-round singles match...
Serena Williams will get an extra day of rest after her match
was scrubbed from Wednesday's schedule at the rainy U.S. Open.
(August 26, 2013) Sisters Venus and Serena Williams had easy opening matches on day one of the US Open. Serena destroyed Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-1 in the night session while older sister Venus knocked off the 12th seed Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2. At one point in Serena’s match her opponent, a former French Open champion […]
World No.1 Serena Williams easily won her match against Kazakh world No.77 Galina Voskoboeva 6-3 6-0 in just an hour and nine minutes. The first set was a bit slow and lasted for long 42 minutes, during which Williams struggled a little, but later on the defending champion found her game and finished the second set with a bagel.
Serena Williams cruises past Roberta...
Sloane Stephens, I know you’ve been eying Serena Williams’s throne, but you might want to fall back a bit. There’s a new YBF chick, Victoria Duval, on the scene and she’s completely captured the hearts of America. No really, Lil’ Wayne tweeted about her, so you know it’s real:
Nice win Victoria Duval! Keep it up
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) August 28, 2013...
NEW YORK (AP) — Only a few spots separate them in the seedings. Still, the considerable gulf between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Sara Errani was hard to ignore in their back-to-back matches Thursday at the U.S. Open. Williams, seeking her 17th Grand Slam title and second straight at Flushing Meadows, brushed off an ungainly slide onto her backside en route to a typically easy...
US OPEN New York, NY, USA August 26-September 8, 2013 Grand Slam Hard/Outdoors Results – Thursday, August 29, 2013 Women’s Singles – Second Round (1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 63 60 (2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Alekandra Wozniak (CAN) 63 61 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (4) Sara Errani (ITA) 63 61 (6) […]