Venus Williams seeks first trip to U.S. Open fourth round since 2010
Venus Williams has not been in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows since 2010.
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Venus Williams is trying to get to the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010 -- and at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011.
To do so, the 19th-seeded Williams will need to beat 13th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.
While Williams owns seven major singles titles, including two at the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, Errani has had more recent success at tennis' most prestigious events.
In 2012, Errani was the runner-up at the French Open and a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows. She also was a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year. Pairing with Roberta Vinci, Errani completed a career Grand Slam in doubles by winning Wimbledon last month.
''She's so focused. She does everything well on the court clearly, because she's a great singles player and a doubles player,'' said Williams, who is 3-0 against Errani in previous singles matchups. ''Every time I've played her, I've had to be focused on every single point, because she does not let up on any point, no matter what the score is.''
The 6-foot-1 Williams holds significant advantages in height and power over the 5-foot-4-1/2 Errani.
''It's obvious that players who play that strong give me problems. They don't let me find my rhythm. They don't let me find my game,'' Errani said. ''Venus is tall, so the balls that I like to play to bother opponents -- high shots with topspin -- are perfect for her. So we'll see.''
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