U.S. Open Report: Venus Moves On

By Richard Kent
Updated: August 29, 2007

US Open NEW YORK — Venus Williams had no trouble advancing with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Romanian teen Ioana Raluca. She struggled early but her foot speed, service, and forehand helped her to victory. She served 59% to her opponent’s 49%. She had a fastest serve of 124 mph.

After the match Williams said that “I am playing very strong” and then had to answer many questions about her fashion business. She did not seem distracted and was able to handle numerous questions about both careers. She could have difficulty in the 4th round with Ana Ivanovic.

She has never played well against Ivanovic and she is a difficult opponent before the quarters. Venus is in a very difficult side of the draw. She would have to beat her sister and Justine Henin to reach the finals. She last won the event in 2001.

In other news, Donald Young fell in doubles to Augustine Calleri from Argentina and Luis Horna from Peru 6-4, 4-6,and 6-4. He served very well. He won his first round singles match for his first win ever at the U.S. Open and faces Richard Gasquet of France Thursday, a difficult opponent.

Also, Chanda Rubin and Jamea Jackson had to pull out of doubles due to injuries. Wednesday evening, Serena Williams was set to play against Maria Camerin of Italy.