NEW YORK, NY, USA - Three seeds were planted early on Tuesday - including former No.1 Ana Ivanovic - but as play continued, the game's biggest names largely found a way to win, and comfortably so.
World No.1 Serena Williams shook off the rust and lingering doubt about the health of her right shoulder with a comprehensive, 6-3, 6-3 victory over 2014 semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova. How is the top seed feeling after a tough opening round test? Listen in on her press conference as she discusses the match, her shoulder rehab, and the inspiration behind her new eye-catching outfit, sleeves and all.
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Meanwhile, Connecticut Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series winner Agnieszka Radwanska roared past American qualifier Jessica Pegula, dropping just two games en route to the second round. WTA Insider caught up with the Pole on the eve of what she considers to be her least favorite major tournament, and how the former No.2 is feeling about her season thus far.
Plus, get the Insider team's favorite moments from around the grounds, all in the latest Daily Dispatch from Flushing Meadows:
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