Queen Serena downs King, blasting 13 aces indoors

Thu Sep 1, 2016 10:54pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After 17 trips to Flushing Meadows and six U.S. Open titles Serena Williams did something on Thursday she had never done before -- win a match indoors.

With the new high-tech retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium slammed shut because of persistent rain, Williams swept past American compatriot Vania King 6-3 6-3 in a tidy 65 minutes to ease into the third round.

"It was a little different playing with Ashe closed but it still feels great," said Williams. "It's very, very loud out there.

"It's definitely different because everywhere you play is really quiet. Here it's super loud."

Indoors or outdoors, night or day, rain or shine, it has made little difference to Williams at the U.S. Open, the 34-year-old having now racked up 86 victories at Flushing Meadows.

Williams's victory against an over-matched King may have been one of her easiest, the world number one in complete control from the outset, looking like a champion who never had to shift out of first gear.

Despite the one-sided match, Williams was extremely critical of her performance, convinced it should have been better.

"I just think it should have been a different scoreline for me," said Williams. "I feel like I made a lot of errors but there's nothing I can do about that now.   Continued...

 
Sept 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA hits to Vania King of USA (not pictured) on day four of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports