US Open: Serena Williams outclasses Maria Sharapova
US superstar Serena Williams has started with a relaxed success in the US Open. The World Ranking League, which celebrated its seventh success at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year in New York, won the much anticipated opening duel with former world number one star Maria Sharapova. Williams had no trouble against the Russian, who slid down to No. 87 in the world rankings, and entered the second round with a 6: 1, 6: 1 in just 58 minutes. Wildcard owner Caty McNally (USA) is waiting there.
Most recently, Williams had to retire at the WTA tournament in Toronto in the final against Canadian Bianca Andreescu because of back pain, but against Scharapowa she made a symptom-free impression and celebrated in the 22nd duel with the Russian the 20th victory. "It's good to have tough matches so early," Williams said after the match. "I sometimes tend to start slowly in tournaments."
For Sharapova it was the continuation of a weak year. In 2019, the five-time Grand Slam champion celebrated only eight successes on the WTA Tour, the last tournament victory is almost two years back. Williams, meanwhile, could catch up with Margaret Court (24 achievements) at the top of the Grand Slam record winners with a tournament victory in Flushing Meadows.