Serena, Djokovic sail through U.S. Open winds

Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:25pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams sailed through brisk winds to dismiss overmatched opponents on Thursday and land comfortably in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Gusty breezes led Williams to misfire for three double faults in her first service game before the two-time defending champion found her bearings to cruise by fellow American Vania King 6-1 6-0 in 56 minutes.

"It's so hard to play in the wind," said the top-seeded Williams, seeking her sixth U.S. Open title and 18th career grand slam singles crown. "I'm very happy to get through a solid match with the conditions today.

"You have to be able to adjust," added Williams, who powered through 25 winners to just five for King.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic followed Williams onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium court and was equally efficient, gliding past French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3 6-0.

Djokovic sounded the same note as Williams after advancing.

"It was very windy but I was able to adjust. I used my serve efficiently, getting them in," said the Serb, who pounded in 75 percent of his first serves including 13 aces without a double fault.

Djokovic joked about how his coach, Boris Becker, whose big serve in his playing days brought him the nickname "Boom Boom," would not be impressed.   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