Kerber wins in 2 sets, faces Venus next at US Open

Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber moved on easily at the U.S. Open

to set up a second-round match with Venus Williams.

The German beat Britain’s Anne Keothavong 6-2, 6-0 in 54 minutes

Tuesday. Keothavong, ranked 81st, had 25 unforced errors to

Kerber’s nine.

Ranked outside the top 100 at the start of 2010, Kerber is now a

career-best sixth. She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at

Flushing Meadows last year.

Williams is unseeded at No. 46 in the world after missing time

because of illness, and Kerber was the top player who drew her

early in the tournament.