Serena Williams begins US Open with a convincing singles win, but loses in three sets to Venus Williams
Venus Williams did not even look around when serving to take the early lead in Sunday’s US Open final, but she knew that if she let Serena Williams win the first set, she would be in good shape for the second. But a big second set was too much to overcome for Williams, who was broken twice in the opening game of the match. Venus held on for an 8-6, 7-6, 11-9 victory. She also advanced to the Wimbledon final, where she will meet Petra Kvitova, the defending champion.
Williams was up 3-0 in the second set before Venus broke her with a forehand winner. She broke Williams again and broke her serve with a drop shot, but Williams would not be stopped and broke her again to take the first set of the match.
The final set seemed to be Williams versus Venus, and the American had many chances to break. She took the second set 11-9, 7-6, and that was almost enough to make her the first woman to take the U.S. Open. But when Williams played Venus, she played differently and Venus dominated that match.
And just like that, Williams became just the second woman to beat Serena in the finals, and for the first time in history, Venus Williams became the first woman to beat Serena Williams in the finals at the U.S. Open.
“I didn’t know if I could actually win this match,” Williams said. “It was a completely different game plan. She was up and I was down. She had some more power. She was hitting the ball deeper than me. I saw it coming, I just had to adjust my game plan. I had to come out with a different game plan and just adjust the way I have to play. Venus is one of the hardest hitters I have faced in my life. She’s one of the toughest players. I’m