Ser­ena Wil­liams eases past Eka­te­rina Makarova

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“Ev­ery day I’ll just see how it goes.” Wil­liams had played just three matches since win­ning Wim­ble­don, but im­pressed against 2014 semi-fi­nal­ist Makarova in the night ses­sion.

“I love com­ing out here in front of this New York crowd, it’s su­per spe­cial,” said the six-time cham­pion, chas­ing an open-era record 23rd Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle.

“I got off to a re­ally fast start — I wanted to get some mo­men­tum.”

Venus Wil­liams, seeded sixth, sur­vived 63 un­forced er­rors to beat Kateryna Ko­zlova of Ukraine 6-2 5-7 6-4.

Fourth seed Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska and fifth seed Si­mona Halep lost four games be­tween them as they pro­gressed, while lead­ing names Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Juan Martin del Potro went through in the men’s draw.

Mean­while there was an up­set in the men’s draw as 12th-seeded Bel­gian David Gof­fin was beaten 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-0 by 19-year-old Amer­i­can qual­i­fier Jared Don­ald­son.

Aus­tralia’s Bernard Tomic apol­o­gised after mak­ing lewd com­ments to a spec­ta­tor — the world num­ber 19 in­sisted he was “baited”.

Tomic, 23, trailed Damir Dzumhur 5-4 in their firstround match when an ex­change with a spec­ta­tor be­gan.

As well as two ex­plicit com­ments, Tomic said: “I will give you some money to make you feel good.”.”— BBC.

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