Serena Williams Leather But Not Flawless as she downs Kings, 6-3, 6-3 to Reach Third round at the U.S Open 2016

Serena Williams Leather But Not Flawless as she downs Kings, 6-3, 6-3 to Reach Third round at the U.S Open 2016

Serena Moved into the 3R of the US Open 2016 in a not so flawless fashion according to the 22 times Grand Slam Champion.

She was leather throughout a game that lasted just a little over an hour of play.

She defeated King, 6-3, 6-3 in straight set to up a meeting with 

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“Usually when people are there, I try to play better, especially if they’re famous and they’re doing so great at their job,” she said. “It’s like I want to show them that I’m good at my job, too — minus today.”

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As hard as it might be to read Williams’ changing moods on a tennis court, it is not difficult to distinguish between celebratory and chagrined.

And despite her 6-3, 6-3 second-round victory over King, Williams was definitely not thrilled.

“I just think it should have been a different scoreline for me,” Williams said. “I feel like I made a lot of errors.”

Serena Williams Leather But Not Flawless as she downs Kings, 6-3, 6-3 to Reach Third round at the U.S Open 2016

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A qualifier into the main draw, King fondly remembers Arthur Ashe Court as the place where she sang “America the Beautiful” before one of Andre Agassi’s final matches when she was a 17-year-old in 2006. That same year, she came through qualifying and reached the second round.

It was a considerably different memory than the only other time she played Williams, taking only one game off the world No. 1 in the second round of the 2014 US Open.

“I was disappointed I lost [Thursday], but I was happy at least that I got to show a little bit of my game,” King said. “I felt like last time I played her, I got blown off the court and I was very, very nervous and wasn’t able to impose any of my game because I was just overwhelmed by the situation.”

This time she was overwhelmed only by Williams’ serve.

“I felt like if I could get my racket on it, I was doing well,” King said.

Williams followed a 6-3, 6-3 first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova, rich with carefully placed serves and blazing groundstrokes, with a match Thursday night in which she hit 13 aces and won 83 percent of her first serves while registering a stunning 38-4 advantage in winners.

“[The serve] was the best part of my game today,” Williams said. “So seeing that’s what I did the least [well] coming into this tournament, it’s a really good sign [that I was] able to serve well and [I’ll] hopefully gain momentum with that.”
Serena Williams Leather But Not Flawless as she downs Kings, 6-3, 6-3 to Reach Third round at the U.S Open 2016

With the win, Williams hit still another milestone on her list, tying Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam match victories in the Open era at 306.

“Sometimes I don’t even know that I’m hitting these milestones,” Williams said. “But some of them, I’m really proud of. Like this one’s kind of cool, to win 306. That’s really a cool milestone.”

Sister Venus Williams, who played earlier in the day on the covered Ashe Stadium court, defeating Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-3, made history of her own this week with a record 72nd Grand Slam main draw appearance.

At 36, Venus’ goals are not unlike her sister’s.

“I’m grateful that I can still play the game I want to play right now,” Venus said. “As an athlete, as a tennis player, that’s what you want. … If you get to the point where you can’t do that, that’s where you need to start to think, ‘OK, I need to move on.’

“I’m not at that point yet, and hopefully I’ll be able to play the game I want to play right until the last day that I’m done.”

For Serena, playing the game she wants generally accompanies winning tournaments. Even her opponents seem to expect nothing less.

“My coach asks me before each tournament, ‘Who do you think is going to win the tournament?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, I’m still in the tournament,’ ” King said with a laugh. “But I always say ‘Serena.’ I mean, who else can you say? And you’re always surprised if she loses.

“No matter what shape she’s in, what condition, she’s the best player in the world. … If my coach asked me [now], I would say Serena. I’ve never not picked her.”

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