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NEW YORK – Every grand slam has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the US Open is no exception to this reality.
One of the most difficult aspects of this tournament is that the venue is located in the Queens district and the hotel accommodations in Manhattan. Traffic or no traffic to get to where the games are played is not a quick trip around the corner.
In contrast, at the other three Grand Slams – the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon – players are closer to the courts in either near-hotel or short-stay accommodation.
"Today was a strange day for me," said Serena Williams on Monday night after winning her first round 6-4, 6-0 against Magda on the Linette Square of Poland. "I left my hotel and did not say goodbye to (daughter) Olympia, but I'm going back now and see her."
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She continued the thought later in the media conference and said, "It's different because it's obviously much further away, I still have two hours in transit so that I can not see them. "
The 36-year-old Williams, six-time US Open champion, has undoubtedly been on the market a seventh-place trophy here this year. At the moment, Williams is tied with Chris Evert for most of the US Open crowns in the Open era. More importantly though, if Williams claims to be eligible for the US Open title, she could tie Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Unlike Court, all major trophies were won by Williams in the high-stakes environment of professional tennis.
The victory over Linette improves Williams' record of 18: 0 in the opening round of the US Open. Early Monday, older sister Venus, 38, improved her US Open record in the first round with a three-pack against Svetlana Kuznetsova to 20: 0.
Serena started the game a bit tentatively, but she did not need them long to find her groove. She never had a break at her own serve, using four of the six breakpoints offered by Linette.
"I thought it would be a good match," Williams said. Magda, she's such a fighter, she's a very hard worker, I've seen her a couple of times at Patrick's Academy (Mouratoglou), so somehow I knew what to expect tonight It was a bit of a relief to know what to expect.
"I think I had a little shaky start overall, but I agreed," she added.
All the talk those parts are that the Williams sisters are now just one more game away from the third round, but before that happens they both have to win their matches in the second round.
Serena is in de play second round Carina Witthoeft from Germany. Witthoeft defeated American Caroline Dolehide 6-3, 7-6 (6) to secure her place in the next round. Venus plays Camila Giorgi of Italy, who scored a 6-4, 6-1 win over American wildcard recipient Whitney Osuigwe.
Serena's reaction to another All-Sister outing was simple: "I just have to play, hopefully there."
Venus was a bit more verbose in the possible third round and said, "Yeah, that's the draw Obviously the next game is my opponent I hope we'll both be there. "
If these Williams sisters match, it's Friday.