Venus Williams wasn’t at her best when she faced 48th ranked Oceane Dodin on Wednesday in the 2nd round of the US Open, winning 7-5, 6-4.
Venus got broken while serving for each set but played well enough to hold off her big hitting and much younger opponent.
Despite lapses at the end of each set, when Williams let comfortable advantages slip, the American twice rebounded almost immediately to snuff out the challenge from Dodin in front of the crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Venus has now reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the seventh consecutive time.
The 37-year-old Williams reached the finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.
2006 US Open champion, Maria Sharapova’s Grand Slam comeback at the 2017 US Open continued in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, when she move very quickly and suddenly from a one set deficit to eliminate Hungarian Timea Babos, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1.
Sharapova, playing as a wild card, was coming off an extremely impressive first round victory over World No. 2 Simona Halep on Monday night.
She survived another lengthy battle against Babos, who matched the Russian power for power throughout the keenly contested match.
“I definitely wanted to enjoy the quality of tennis that I played with the other night, but I also wanted to put my mind onto this one,” said Sharapova in her post match press conference. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, no matter who I was going to play today. It’s always difficult after a match like that. My goal was just to get it done.”
Sharapova, making her first appearance at the US Open since 2014, staged multiple comebacks from a break down in the first set, but unforced errors failed her at the most tense moments of the tiebreak.
However, she stayed close and found opportunities to gain and hold leads in the final two sets.
The first meeting between both players ended up being a disheartening loss for Babos, who earlier prevailed in the second-longest match of the tournament, a 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 first round win over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic.
Babos has struggled since she won her second career title on home soil in February at the Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest.
The World No. 59 endured a nine-match losing streak from April to July, and went 2-3 in the summer hardcourt season prior to her first round win in New York.
In the third round, Sharapova will take on the American wild card Sofia Kenin, who got through her own three-set tussle against Sachia Vickery.
Kenin won, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, in a staggering 2 hours and 40 minutes.
14th seed Nick Kyrgios fell against fellow Australian John Millman in the very first round of the US Open on Wednesday.
Millman resisted 17 aces and saved 4 of 14 break point opportunities in a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Kyrgios, who recently reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the Western & Southern Open.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match from the get-go,” Kyrgios said. “I was feeling good. Obviously, the final in Cincy. Every practice session I had here was good … Early in the third set I hit one serve and I never felt the same after that.”
Millman, currently No. 235 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is playing at the US Open under a protected ranking after a groin injury kept him off the ATP World Tour for more than four months.
This is obviously Millman’s biggest victory since defeating Richard Gasquet in the 2016 Winston-Salem Open quarter finals.Millman will now square up against Malek Jaziri on Thursday after the Tunisian ground out a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 result over Thiago Monteiro.
Other Key Results From Yesterday’s MatchesMen’s Singles
Leonardo Mayer vs Richard Gasquet, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Gael Monfils vs Jeremy Chardy, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4
Tomas Berdych vs Ryan Harrison, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6
Dominic Thiem vs Alex De Minaur, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
Stefano Travaglia vs Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-0
Adrian Mannarino vs Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov vs Vaclav Safranek, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
John Millman vs Nick Kyrgios, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Juan Martin del Potro vs Henri Laaksonen, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
David Goffin vs Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Damir Dzumhur vs Pablo Cuevas, 7-5, 7-6, 6-1
Feliciano Lopez vs Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Andreas Seppi, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
Marin Cilic vs Florian Mayer, 6,3 6-3, 6-3
Denis Shapovalov vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3)
Borna Coric vs Alexander Zverev, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(1), 7-6(4)
Coco Vandeweghe vs Alison Riske, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Evgeniya Rodina vs Eugenie Bouchard, 7-6, 6-1
Monica Niculescu vs Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 6-2
Elina Svitolina vs Katerina Siniakova, 6-0, 6-7, 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Marketa Vondrousova, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Martic, 6-4, 7-6
Daria Gavrilova vs Alexandra Kiick, 6-2, 6-1
Elena Vesnina vs Anna Blinkova, 6-1, 6-3
Maria Sharapova vs Timea Babos, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
Venus Williams vs Oceane Dodin, 7-4, 6-4
Ekaterina Makarova vs Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1
Sloane Stephens vs Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3