Shaky-serving Serena survives second round test

Wed Sep 2, 2015 9:11pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams took her second step in a drive to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam but a lackluster performance from the service line sent her straight to the practice court on Wednesday.

Williams, who would be the first woman in 27 years to win all four slam singles titles in the same year, beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6(5) 6-3 despite 10 double faults, including eight in the opening set of their second-round match.

"Just trying to get those second serves in," Williams said about hitting the practice courts with her coach right after the Arthur Ashe Stadium match.

"Patrick (Mouratoglou) told me some things that he saw that he thought I could work on to improve it and to get better."

Williams, 33, was on the ropes twice in the first set and appeared a little deflated when she met with reporters.

"You know, if I don't play well, I'm not going to be happy even if I won," said the American, whose confidence still runs deep with a 50-2 match record this year to back her up.

"I don't think you should be happy with just winning. At least I'm not. I'm always looking to do better."

The world number one has looked vulnerable even as she charged to this year's Australian, French and Wimbledon titles. She lost nine sets along the way, including seven first-set losses.   Continued...

Sep 2, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States reacts after winning the first set against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands (not pictured) on day three of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Williams won 7-6 (5), 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports