Serena blows away King on gusty day at U.S. Open

Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:40pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams blew past Vania King 6-1 6-0 and into the third round of the U.S. Open on a windswept day at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, then pulled a little double duty joining big sister Venus for a doubles win.

"I'm ready, fit and feeling good," said Serena. "We really enjoy playing together, she added of the 7-6 (0) 6-7 (4) 6-1 win over Hungary's Timea Babos and France's Kristina Mladenovic.

"We really embrace being role models. We think it's a great opportunity and we almost feel honored and pleasured to have that label."

While the Williams sisters may enjoy being role models, Serena has been busy at the year's final grand slam providing the next generation of American players with a tennis lesson.

Her bid for an 18th career grand slam title has so far come at the expense of her fellow Americans, dashing the hopes of 18-year-old compatriot Taylor Townsend in the opening round and King in the second.

Up next is yet another American Varvara Lepchenko, who advanced with a 6-4 6-0 win over Germany's Mona Barthel.

"The fact is if I lose, it's bigger news than if I win," said Williams.

"That is a test to how much people believe in my game and my skill and how much they appreciate the sport and how good they think I am.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to compatriot Vania King at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Segar