In her first match at the U.S. Open since last year's loss in a chaotic, controversial final, Serena Williams played nearly perfect tennis and beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in a contest devoid of drama yesterday.
Williams stretched her winning streak to 19 matches against Sharapova and now leads their head-to-head series 20-2.
"Every time I come up against her,'' Williams said, "I just bring out some of my best tennis.''
She sure did this time. The whole thing lasted all of 59 minutes. Williams won twice as many points, 56-28. She saved all five break points she faced and lashed serves at up to 115 mph. She broke five times.
Williams, who is in search of her record breaking 24th major singles title, got a major endorsement after the match fr another former champ, Chris Evert.
"She would win the title, playing like this,'' 18-time major champion Evert said of Williams on ESPN's telecast.
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