Serena, Gimpy Venus Win at US Open
by Staff | September 1st, 2009, 12:27 am

World No. 2 Serena Williams started her 2009 US Open campaign on Monday by defeating fellow American Alexa Glatch, a breezy 6-4, 6-1 victory over an opponent coming off injury.
“It’s just been kind of tough with injuries and stuff,” Glatch said. “I haven’t played — I’ve really missed the whole summer hardcourt season. I haven’t played a match in a couple of weeks, and I haven’t been able to practice as much as I would have liked to, either. You know, just the preparation wasn’t what I would have liked it to be.”

Afterwards Serena described what it would be like to be a younger version of herself seeing the current version of herself.

“I would think that this Serena Williams today is super cool,” Serena said. “I would love to get her autograph. I think she would have been my idol, because it would have been like — growing up there weren’t too many black people. I loved Zina Garrison and Lori McNeil. I would have had a little favorite toward myself and Venus.”

The elder Williams sister Venus also advanced into the second round, besting Russian Vera Dushevina 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3.

Winning on a gimpy knee, Venus was asked what she would need for the next round.

“A lot of prayer,” Venus said. “It’s going to be a lot of prayer. Everything I can throw at it. But, you know, I’m tough.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 7 Vera Zvonareva easing past Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-0, 6-4, No. 8 Victoria Azarenka pounding Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1, 6-1, and No. 10 Flavia Pennetta bageling Edina Gallovits 6-0, 6-4.

Seeded upsets on the day were Kai-Chen Chang outlasting No. 25 Kaia Kanepi by the lopsided score of 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez topping No. 28 Sybille Bammer 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(5).

Notable unseeded players into the second round Monday were Kim Clijsters over Viktoria Kutuzova 6-1, 6-1, Kirsten Flipkens beating Jelena Dokic, Sania Mirza outlasting Olga Govortsova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, Anna Chakvetadze topping Yurika Sema 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, and Russian Maria Kirilenko breezing past Mariya Koryttseva 6-2, 6-1.

“Obviously the girl made a lot of mistakes today, but I really felt like I was able to do what I had to do and work on the things that weren’t going as well in Cincinnati and Toronto,” said Clijsters after losing two games the entire match. “I really feel like my serve was one of the things didn’t go so well there. It was really good today, so that’s just nice to see that improvement.”

Tuesday highlights in Flushing are (1) Dinara Safina vs. Aussie Olivia Rogowska, (29) Maria Sharapova vs. Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, (5) Jelena Jankovic vs. Italian Roberta Vinci, (4) Elena Dementieva vs. France’s Camille Pin, NCAA champ Mallory Cecil vs. Italian Tathiana Garbin, and (32) Agnes Szavay vs. Shahar Peer.

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16 Comments for Serena, Gimpy Venus Win at US Open

Colin Says:

It always amuses me when sports players talk about praying. I’m an atheist myself, but I would think, if there were a god, and considering the state of the world, he might have more important things to do than help someone win a tennis match. Doesn’t it say “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain”? Asking him to help your tennis game must come close to doing that.

jane Says:

Colin, for some reason, I think Venus is quite religious (are they Jehovahs? I think so because they couldn’t vote in the federal election or something due to their religion), so if she is indeed taking the Lord’s name in vain in asking him to help her win at tennis, then she wouldn’t be too pleased with herself. I don’t hear as much religious talk from Serena though; she’s more focused on herself in interviews it seems to me.

That Venus match last night was quite painful to watch. I guess she can treat the knee during her off days. And she seemed to get stronger as the match went on, so maybe it loosened up. I guess we’ll find out in the next round how bad it is.

margot Says:

Ah! Colin! How are you accessing the USOpen? von put me onto tennistv which is the best yet, but froze on me at a critical place and has ads. I wont pay Mr Murdoch a penny and don’t really want to pay for a sports package when I only want tennis. Missed the Ashes too cos of blooming Sky!!

Bob Says:


I think think the comment was made tongue in cheek. Since you seem to take everything literally that means she thinks that hers knees will be a problem in future matches and that winning in spite of this conditions will be due to god’s grace. By the way. I’m sure there are many more important things that you could do to make the world a better place than blogging on a tennis website. Given the state of the world that is.

ken Says:

i think colin is wrong. there is a God His name is Jehova and lucky enough Venus is a Jehova’s Witness- as in a follower of Jehova. Our God is an awesome God trust me i am in prayer for the williams sisters.this year’s us open will see tem overcoming huge mountains ahead of them for God hears very prayer we as beleivers pray humbling ourselves before him, so am a witess that therre is God and that this same God will make the wiliamses cruise till the semis wherre after serena’S VICTORY AND ADVANCEMENT TO THE FINAL, SHE WILL EASLY FIGHT HER OPPONENT WITH JEHOVAS HELP IN STRAIGHT SETS TO WIN US OPEN 2009 !!! ITS CALLED FAITH …

PJ Says:

I am totally on the “if there’s a God, there’s more important things to worry about than sports (or music, or reality TV), but I saw Venus’s comment made last night. It was made right after the match and was pretty much said in jest. It seemed the prayer comment was more about hoping her knee is healthy.

Veno Says:

Ken, please leave your evangelistic talk for one of the religious fora/blogs or your congregational meetings.

It’s fine you have your religious beliefs as anyone is entitled to their own faith, but keep that personal and to yourself please. Religion gets pressed on to atheists and agnostics way too much these days and that’s never a good thing. To everyone their own! It doesn’t make you a better person if you believe in a higher being nor does it make you a lesser person.

margot Says:

veno: I think Ken was being ironic, but perhaps you were too? And bob was being v. sarcy. Perhaps this is the tongue in cheek thread, as opposed to
racquet in gob….

been there, done that Says:


Perhaps your comment should have been directed to Colin instead? Colin took a cheap shot at religion & Ken felt compelled to respond (perhaps with a load of sarcasm seeing how overzealous the response is….it’s clearly a shot at Colin & meant to annoy him).

“It’s fine you have your religious beliefs as anyone is entitled to their own faith, but keep that personal and to yourself please.”

And so should atheists. Fair is fair. The so called atheist began all this by bringing religion on a tennis blog.

Colin Says:

been there – how was what I said a cheap shot? On the contrary, I was saying that casual evoking of God’s power cheapens religion.
And I’m not a so-called atheist, I am an atheist.
I didn’t bring religion here,or “begin all this”. That was done by the original article.
Furthermore,some time ago someone (I forget who) really did bring in religion out of nowhere. It was concerned with the use of the word “adore”.
Lastly, if Ken was merely trying to annoy me (I hope for his sake he was), then it didn’t work.

been there, done that Says:


Yes you did as shown by your first comment@6:31am, but it back fired on you. As an atheist, you shouldn’t be so bothered or ‘amused’ about other people’s religious beliefs. If Venus wants to pray (whether she meant it literally or to emphasise how bad her kneeds were)that’s what she will do. She didn’t tell you to pray for her.

Just as religious people, being atheist doesn’t make you a better person nor does it make you a lesser person. And going by your 6:31 comment, ‘considering the state of the world’, surely, you oughta be doing better things than watching tennis & commenting on a tennis blog.

been there, done that Says:

& Colin, you say you are atheist yet in the same breathe,@6:31am quote a religious phrase and at @4:08pm say ‘On the contrary, I was saying that casual evoking of God’s power cheapens religion.’

….how is that an atheist knows of this god’s power & how it’s being cheapened? Unless am missing something, the dictionary definition of an atheist is: ‘a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings’…

I said ‘a so called atheist’ because your statements contradict themselves. However, I have no interest in knowing your inclination. I myself could be atheist or agnostic, religious (muslim, hindu, christian, budhist, jew, etc), cultist or a devil worshipper. It doesn’t matter as it’s not relevant on this to a tennis blog.

andrea Says:

alright already. why don’t we move onto a topic that everyone can agree on? like abortion.

Colin Says:

OK, been there, one last refutation, then I’ll pack it in before everyone else gets annoyed.
I am a “dictionary definition” atheist. I quote a religious phrase? So what. I know a good deal about vampire myths, but that doesn’t mean I believe in vampires. I don’t believe in God’s power, but someone who does should be reasonably expected not to treat it lightly.
As for being better people, let me point out that most of the human misery throughout history has been caused by religious belief, and this most certainly is still the case. It wasn’t atheists who destroyed the World Trade Center, or bombed Gaza.
You never did explain why you used the phrase “cheap shot”.
Bye bye…

been there, done that Says:

Colin, please keep your religious beliefs or disbeliefs to yourself. I am not here to learn human history, so you can also keep that to yourself.

I’ve already explained the cheap shot,i.e your 6:31am comments so I won’t repeat myself. You can call it whatever you wish…sarcasm, irony, etc.

As I said, atheist, agnostic, religious (muslim, hindu, christian, budhist, jew, etc), cultist or a devil worshipper….no one cares on this site & nobody wants to know. I’ll echo Veno’s reply to Ken….there are many sites/blogs where you can blog about your beliefs, disbeliefs & their relevance to human misery. One thing is for sure, this is a tennis site/blog.

Considering the state of the world, I sincerely wish you all the best as you endeavour to make the world a better place & save it from such gripping misery as opposed to wasting precious time on a tennis blog.
Bye bye…

Ashino W. Sushanti Says:

Interesting, Safina was shaky but Venus just gimpy. Both matches were at times awful to watch due to “endless” unforced errors, poor tactics & lack of strategy, yet both were bloody lucky because their opponents choked at the very end. How can Venus Williams consider herself seriously as a favorite when she wasn’t able to win just one single US hard court tournament during the last five years!! That’s quite odd. Gosh, look at her stats!!! Clearly, she a great one in Wimbledon but everywhere else just average.

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