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“Bee” Prepared: Venus wins first match at The Open
by Richard Kent BASN Staff Reporter
NEW YORK — In a match involving the oldest woman in the draw and one of the oldest, Venus Williams survived some shaky serving and beat Kimikio Date-Krumm, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 on the opening Monday afternoon at the U.S. Open.
Williams was a heavy favorite, coming off of a strong summer. Date-Krumm did not win a single match in Grand Slam play in 2014. The players’ statistics were very similar. Date-Krumm served better and actually had 19 winners to 17 for Williams.
Williams came to net more off of her more powerful serve. She routinely served over 100 mph, while Date-Krumm was well under that number. The match was marred by a bee, which circled both players for many minutes before Williams ended the plight of the bee.
Date-Krumm actually turned pro in 1989, when Williams was only 9 years old.
Williams will face Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland on Wednesday.