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Muchova sends Venus to first opening round loss at U.S. Open

Karolina Muchova took advantage of an error-prone Venus Williams to advance 6-3 7-5 into the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

With this, she handed the two-times champion her first opening round loss at the tournament.

Venus Williams strolling off the court after her loss to Karolina Muchova

Muchova broke Williams to start the match.

She deployed a wide variety of shot-making, including a pinpoint serve, a slice backhand and some well-timed trips to the net, to frustrate the former world number one.


Williams was sharper at the outset of the second set and served at 5-4 with the chance to extend the match to a third.

But a backhand sailed on break-point and Muchova leveled at 5-5.

The 24-year-old Czech held at love the next game and sealed the win when Williams issued her third double-fault on match-point.

“From the start I tried to be relaxed and get to my game, but it was tough to get into a rhythm because we were having very short rallies,” said Muchova, who hit 27 winners and saved six of her eight break-points.


“I was happy I was able to turn it on in the end.”

The 40-year-old Williams was 21-0 in opening round matches at the U.S. Open coming into Tuesday.

But the seven-times Grand Slam champion was undone by 34 unforced errors at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where her sister Serena looked on from the largely empty stands.

Next up for the 20th-seeded Muchova is Russian Anna Kalinskaya, who defeated Nina Stojanovic of Serbia in straight sets earlier in the day.(Reuters/NAN)


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