Serena Williams is still dreaming of a 24th grandslam title. With that she would equal the record of Margaret Court. At the US Open the American took the first hurdle by winning 7-5, 6-2 from compatriot Kristie Ahn.
The 38-year-old Williams won her last grandslame title in January 2017 and after that she became a mother. After her return she played four more grandslam finals, but they were all lost.
Against Ahn, seven-time US Open champion Williams had to make up a 2-0 deficit in both the first and second set. Once steamed up, her 102nd US Open victory (a record and one more than Chris Evert) was no longer in jeopardy.
Australian Open winner Kenin supreme
Sofia Kenin did get through to the second round without any problems. The American winner of the Australian Open won 6-2, 6-2 by the Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.
American teen Katrina Scott surprisingly reached the second round. The number 637 of the world got a wildcard from the organization and did not disappoint.
The 16-year-old Scott, who had never been in the main schedule of a WTA tournament, won 7-6 (3), 6-2 by the Russin Natalia Vichljantseva.