Serena Williams begins US Open with a convincing singles win
NEW YORK — Serena Williams dominated the opening day of the U.S. Open by beating American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 in the first match of her three-set match in Washington on Monday.
Williams set the tone with a performance that was more consistent than in a year’s final in Toronto, where she lost to No. 1 player Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. The two met in the semis, with Williams winning that clash 6-4, 6-4.
“I was happy with the way I played,” Williams said. “I just had a great day with my serve, and I knew that because of my serve and I was able to come out and make all my points.”
Williams has now won 15 consecutive matches at the U.S. Open, which is the longest active winning streak at the Grand Slam tournament.
“I was very excited,” Keys said. “I don’t feel like I played bad. I feel like I played great.”
“It was a big win for me,” Williams said. “I felt great. I felt really confident. I felt very good mentally. I was feeling really good, and I just went out there and played a great match.”
Keys is the first American to win a Grand Slam match since Virginia Wade held off Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2006.
“That’s all I was trying to do since the start,” Keys said. “I was looking to try to go deeper into the court and keep the points on. They’re easy, and I was trying to make them more aggressive. That’s the difference. I wasn’t trying to come out with any forearms.”
Both have reached the final of the U.S. Open three times.