The last Grand Slam of the 2014 tennis season cranked up in New York yesterday, and the question the tennis world is asking is will Serena break out of her Grand Slam mini-slump and finally win one this year and win her 18th to tie Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all time list?
We’ll find out the answer to that question later today when number one seeded and world Number one ranked Little Sis takes to the Arthur Ashe Stadium court to begin defense of her US Open singles crown against Zina Garrison coached 18 year old Taylor Townsend.
The winner of this opening round match will move on to the US Open singles second round face the winner of the Vania King-Francesca Schavione match.
Big Sis won her first round match with Kimiko Date-Krumm at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday, but not without a struggle. Venus had a rough first set as Date-Krumm kept her off balance with her repertoire of spins to take the first set 2-6. Venus roared back to take the second set 6-3 and rolled to a 5-0 third set lead before Date-Krumm fought back to snatch the next three games and have two game points to chop Big Sis’ once seemingly insurmountable lead to 5-4.
But Venus recovered to stave off the two game points and eventually take the hard earned match 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. It extended her career record in first round match wins at the US Open to an impressive 16-0.
Big Sis will face in the second round the winner of the Kiki Bertens-Timea Bacsinszky match, but before she does so, she may wish to cut down on those 36 unforced errors.
My fave tennis playing siblings are entered in the US Open Women’s doubles tournament, with them having an opening round match with the seventh seeded team of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic
Best of luck ladies, and hope you have a long successful run in this tournament and piss off your haters.