After an easy first round victory, Serena Williams was challenged by Kiki Bertens in the second round of the US Open on Sept. 2. It was a hard-fought match, but Serena prevailed: she beat Kiki with a score of 7-6 and 6-3. She’s now closer to a historic Grand Slam!
Wow! Serena Williams, 33, proved why she’s the best in the world. The tennis legend met Kiki Bertens, 23, in the second round of the 2015 US Open. Kiki gave Serena quite a challenge, but Serena was just too much. This victory is another step in Serena making tennis history!
Fans gathered at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York to watch Serena fight her way to another victory on Sept. 2. Serena struggled in the first set, causing a lot of errors. Kiki gave Serena a run for her money and she barely won the first set with a score of 7(7)-6. It was scary there — would Serena lose? The answer: no. Serena rallied in the second set, putting down Kiki with a score of 6-3 to win the match and move on to the next round!
Serena was handed an easy victory in the first round when she faced Vitalia Diatchenko, reports CNN. It looked like Serena took the first set, 6-0, completely shutting Vitalia out. It looked like she was about to do it again, going 2-0 before Vitalia quit! The Russian tennis player said she had an injury and gave the first round to Serena.
Serena’s sister, Venus Williams, had a harder time in the first round, reports the Wall Street Journal. She faced Monica Puig, from Puerto Rico, playing for 160 minutes in incredible heat and humidity in an intense match. They went three rounds, with Venus finally securing the win with a score of 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Venus will face Irina Falconi in the second round.
Though Serena has won the US Open six times before, this time is different. A victory here would give Serena a “Calendar Grand Slam,” or a victory at all the Major tennis tournaments in a single season. Serena won the Australian Open, took the French Open and dominated at Wimbledon. If she wins this tournament, Serena would be the first woman to have a Grand Slam since Steffi Graff in 1998!
After that match, Serena/Kiki will now face Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round. Will Bethanie be able to do what Kiki couldn’t? Or is Serena going to dominate the US Open the way she’s ruled the court all year long?
Were you rooting for Serena to win, HollywoodLifers? Do you think she’ll take the US Open?
— Jason Brow