World number one Serena Williams beat Taylor Townsend by 6-3, 6-1 to progress to the women’s singles second round at the 2014 US Open on Tuesday. Williams wasted no time as she broke first on Townsend’s first serve of the match and took control of the first set and won it by 6-3. In the second set the top seed broke first and led by 2-0 early on. Townsend was playing catch up but it was always going to be in vain as Williams went on to win it 6-1 in the second.
Earlier, South Africa’s Chani Scheepers was a first round casualty Flushing Meadows. Scheepers fell to American Christina McHale in three sets. McHale grabbed the first set 6-2 before the South African hit back 6-1. A tight third set went all the way to a tie-breaker but it was the hometown girl who prevailed 7-5 to move to the second round.
Petra Kvitova was in a hurry against Kristina Mladenovic at the US Open on Tuesday. The Czech hammered the Frenchwoman 6-1, 6-0 in just 54 minutes at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in the women’s singles first round.
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard needed just 59 minutes to wrap up her match against Olga Govortsova of Belarus in New York. Bouchard annihilated her opponent 6-2, 6-1 at Armstrong Arena.
Ana Ivanovic wasted no time in booking her place in the second round with a straight sets win over Alison Riske. The Serb thrashed the American 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and five minutes in the Big Apple.