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Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova Begin U.S. Open Campaign on Winning Note

Venus Williams of U.S. returns to Kurumi Nara of Japan during their women's singles  match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London,  Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Venus Williams of U.S. returns to Kurumi Nara of Japan during their women’s singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Business Standard) – Former champions Maria Sharapova and  advanced to the second round at the US Open along with second-seeded Simona Halep, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki.

2006 U.S. Open champ trailed 2-4 in the opening set, then ripped off 10 straight games to complete her straight set 6-4, 6-0 triumph against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko. The fifth seed missed the 2013 U.S. Open with a shoulder injury and has not been to the final at Flushing Meadows since winning the title eight years ago.

Sharapova, who improved to 17-0 in night matches at the U.S. Open, said that she was happy that she was able to step it up and play well, Fox News reported.

Venus rallied came from a set behind to beat 43-year-old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The American claimed two of her seven Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open, winning it in 2000 and 2001 while also finishing as runner-up in 1997 and 2002.

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