Venus wins in straight sets to advance at Open

Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams

The American was pushed hard by the little known 19-year-old but eventually came through 6-3 3-6 6-2 to reach the second round.

The latest news, results and today's schedule for the 2017 U.S. Open, as the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year is underway in Flushing Meadows, New York, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Sloan Stephens, who missed the first six-months of this year's tennis circuit because of foot surgery, defeated Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-1 in her opening match of the tournament. But she played wonderful.

"I think when you play week in and week out, a couple of years in a row, there's a lot of ups and downs", she said after the victory over Dodin.

'I had no idea what she [Kuzmova] looked like, who she was, anything, ' Williams admitted after the match.

You can live stream matches on Watch ESPN. So it's just all about regrouping. "You figure out what's going on". She made her first Grand Slam semifinal in January at the Australian Open, but has lost in the first or second round in all eight of her previous U.S. Open appearances.

Williams held at love to open the deciding set, and then broke for another 2-0 lead when Kuzmova hit a forehand wide.

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Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament's end. "Looking back, we grew up in a two-bedroom house and there were seven people", she says. But things happen. That's why we play the match, because you have to win the match. The match will begin at 7 p.m. ET. I take it quite seriously.

Earlier this summer, California native Querrey had a surprising two weeks at Wimbledon, where he shocked three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray to make the semifinals, his best-ever showing at a Grand Slam event.

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.

"We always coach each other, pretty much", Williams said.

Among the notable players who will be seen in action tonight are: Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams in women's section and Marin Cilic and John Isner in the men's section.

An early Cincinnati exit sent Kerber tumbling down the rankings race, but the 2016 U.S. and Australian Open champion is feeling the same drive she did a year ago.

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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