Tennis: Murray, Serena Ride Strong Serves Into US Open Second Round

Tennis: Murray, Serena ride strong serves into US Open second round

NEW YORK, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -31st Augst,2016) - Wimbledon champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams powered into the second round of the US Open as the stars came out on Arthur Ashe Stadium court on Tuesday night. Williams, launching her latest bid to rewrite the record books, started strong and didn't let up in 6-3, 6-3 victory over 29th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. The US world number one appeared untroubled by the balky right shoulder that has hindered her in recent weeks, delivering a dozen aces and 27 winners overall in the 63-minute contest. "I knew today I needed to be focused because I've played her.

She's gotten to the semi-finals. She goes deep in majors," Williams said of the Russian left-hander who beat her in the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open. "She knows how to play big matches on big courts.

She's not intimidated. I knew I had to really come out today. It was my only option really." Williams said she wouldn't know until she'd slept on it how her shoulder might respond to the effort. "Every day, I'll just see how it goes," said Williams, who is chasing a record seventh title on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows where she first triumphed in 1999.