Venus Williams recorded her 70th match win at the US Open to sweep past Julia Goerges in straight sets and clinch a spot in the third round.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Venus Williams recorded her 70th match win at the US Open to sweep past Julia Goerges in straight sets and clinch a spot in the third round.

The No.6 seed shined in her first match under the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the third round for the 15th time in her storied career, improving her record at her home Slam to 70-14.

"I'm grateful that I can still play the game I want to play right now," the 36-year-old said. "As an athlete, as a tennis player, that's what you want. You want to be out there and play the game you want to play."

After trading breaks to opening the match, it was a decidedly one-sided affair as Williams took charge, covering the court and staying rock-solid at the net, allowing Goerges to commit the errors. She broke the German three more times to take the first set and a lead into the second.

Goerges' aggressive returning brought up two break points just as Williams was serving out the match, but the American replied with a pair of huge serves into the body to jam her opponent and erase the opportunity. After masterfully chasing down a drop shot, Williams eased her way into the third round, winning 6-2, 6-3.

"I just felt like I had to dial it back a little bit, maybe play a little bit more percentage tennis, play within myself, keep my errors down," Williams explained after the match. "Very happy that it worked out against an opponent who is seasoned, who can play, who can serve, who has a lot of big shots. So it was a nice test to come through."

The 27-year-old German will likely rue her missed chances, having brought up five break opportunities but only able to convert one. Though their winner's count was nearly the same - 18 for Venus and 17 for Goerges - they were separated by their unforced errors count, 17 for Venus and 22 for Goerges.

Williams awaits the winner in the match between No.26 Laura Siegemund and fellow American Nicole Gibbs.

More to come...