BASN’S HBCU KICKOFF WEEKEND By Anthony McClean, Editor –...
U.S. Open Report: Serena Advances
NEW YORK — Serena Williams continued her run through the U.S. Open draw with an easy 7-5, 6-2 win over Maria Camerin of Italy on Wednesday night. Serena squandered a 4-1 lead in the first set but came back to win it easily.
She was dominant in the second set. However, she was not happy with her play at the end of the match, but she was quite happy that she advanced. She will next play Vera Zvonareva of Russia Friday morning.
Serena has had tremendous success against the Russian and she’s showing no further signs of a thumb injury and that should help her against Zvonareva. The Russians are dominating the field though.
Serena does have a tough draw. She must get through the likes of her sister Venus and Justine Henin to get to the finals. Maria Sharapova has an easier run in the other and much less difficult half of the draw.
In men’s play, Donald Young advanced to the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time ever as Richard Gasquet of France had to withdraw. Gasquet would have been a difficult opponent. He had quite a run at Wimbledon earlier this year.
Young will play either Igor Andreev of Russia or Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Andreev beat Andy Roddick earlier this year at the French Open. Young is a big crowd favorite with his tipped cap.
He is catlike to the net and has a big but erratic serve. His ground strokes need work. He should be a big winner in the future at the Open. The winner will play Roger Federer. Far from an easy task.
Scoville Jenkins fell in doubles 6-3, 6-3. He next plays in mixed doubles with Alexa Glatch of the United States. He had a tough draw and had to play Federer in the first round.
Also, Venus Williams will be in action Friday night. She’s slated to meet Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko on Stadium Court at 7 pm ET.