Venus Williams (Photo: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK -- Monday marked day one of the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York with a win from Venus Williams over 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens.
Two-time winner Williams completed one of the day's most notable matches. According to the AP, the seven-time Grand Slam champion won 6-1, 6-2 to improve to 15-0 in first-round matches at Flushing Meadows.
With her ranking down to No. 60, she had to open against the Wimbledon semifinalist, the AP said.
In 2011, Williams withdrew before her second-round match because of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease. She was playing just her third event since a first-round loss at the French Open.
Flipkens had been enjoying a career year. The Belgian had never reached the round of 16 at a major tournament before the Australian Open, then made her run at Wimbledon.