Venus Williams kicks off US Open with thrilling win

WTA Players Struggling Heading Into The US Open

Seeded No. 9, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams is the only US player in the men's or women's draw to have won a major singles title.

But age wasn't a factor in her 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 first-round victory over 19-year-old Victoria Kuzmova of Slovakia Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.

Nadal, back on top of the world rankings for the first time in three years, will be seeking his 16th Grand Slam Crown, while Federer, the five-time US Open champion is bidding for a 20th major and third Grand Slam title of the year.

There, Williams used well-placed serves and her trademark power to close out the set 6-3, blasting a forehand victor past her young opponent to clinch the opening set.

Kuzmova, who reached the US Open juniors final past year (falling there to Kayla Day of the United States), kept fighting, saving a set point at 5-2 with an ace, and then hitting another ace on game point to force Williams to serve out the first set at 5-3.

While Serena Williams has given home fans plenty of reasons to celebrate over the years, it has been 14 years since they had a men's champion - Andy Roddick taking the title in 2003.

"I feel like I'm playing well and I feel like I can go far in the tournament but I really just want to concentrate on my next match, against Dudi Sela on Wednesday". But things happen. That's why we play the match, because you have to win the match.

She said she was unaware of that possibility.

She was up a set, plus a break in the second at 2-0, when she faltered.

Before the American's match was over, that number of No.1 ranking contenders was reduced to seven, because the No. 7-seeded Johanna Konta was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6 6-3 6-4.

'I definitely wasn't expecting or planning on dropping sets today.

Here's a look at the top US prospects in this year's event, which will conclude with the women's and men's singles finals airing live on September 9 and 10, respectively.

The 2017 U.S. Open will be broadcast daily on ESPN.

The men's seeded losers included No. 21 David Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2013 French Open, No. 25 Karen Khachanov and No. 32 Robin Hasse.

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