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Sore shoulder? Serena Williams opens US Open with easy win

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Sore shoulder? Serena Williams opens US Open with easy win

Top seed Serena Williams beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-3 to begin her US Open campaign.

Williams said she wouldn't know until she'd slept on it how her shoulder might respond to the effort.

"I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to see", she said.

Since equaling Steffi Graf's mark for most Grand Slam singles trophies in the Open era, which dates to 1968, by earning No. 22 at Wimbledon in July, the No. 1-ranked Williams had only entered one event - the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she was upset in the third round.

Williams' strong serving continued as she fired down several aces and big serves near or over 120 MPHs.

There are obstacles in Williams' path as she seeks this milestone at age 34, those that will be more hard to overcome than Makarova - a solid veteran who didn't have the game or anywhere near the answers to persevere in this match, during which constant chatter within the stands was audible throughout.

"I needed to be focused because I've played her". She's gotten to the semi-finals.

It was a potentially tricky draw for Williams as she opened her bid for a record 23rd major title.

"I'm really happy", Wawrinka said after evening his career record against Verdasco at three wins apiece. "It was my only option really".

While the shoulder injury is well documented, Williams showed no signs of the problem, winning 90 per cent of her first serves.

And she even figured maybe the time she couldn't spend serving during training sessions paid off, in a way, because she was forced to work on other aspects of her game, including footwork.

"I couldn't hit any balls". Yeah, it didn't end wonderful for me or the way I wanted it to end.

Serena got the tough first round match out of the way and now should be able to relax and cruise into the next round.

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If Williams wins a record seventh Open title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert in the Open Era, she's No. 1 no matter what and will have been since February 18, 2013.

History continues to beckon: It's all in front of Serena here in NY.

But that pursuit ended with a surprising semifinal loss to Roberta Vinci of Italy.

But whether it is the world number one ranking or another record at stake, Williams had the same answer.

Williams was asked whether this edition of the U.S. Open might be a more pleasant experience than a year ago, without the same sort of history on the line.

Bouchard is suing the grand slam and the United States Tennis Association after slipping on a wet changing room floor past year and having to withdraw from the competition.

"But as time has progressed, and this past week it's usually been the day after, so that's a really positive thing". "Honestly, I wouldn't want to do that". That's all I could do.

He is vying to become the fourth man in the Open Era to reach all four major finals in a calendar year.

The top seed served two aces down the T to get to 40-0 but Makarova applied a little more pressure with a forehand victor, and Williams' feet were static at 40-30, but another backhand forced error allowed the six-time champion to consolidate the break at 4-2.

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There were various upsets around the grounds during the afternoon, including 19-year-old American Jared Donaldson's 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0 elimination of 12th-seeded David Goffin, and a loss by No. 29 Sam Querrey, who stunned Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Ivanovic is a former No.1 player and 2008 French Open victor who has slipped to No.31 in the rankings.

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