Venus Williams upsets Flipkens at US Open

Venus Williams earned one of her biggest wins since she pulled

out of the U.S. Open two years ago because of illness, upsetting

12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens in the first round Monday.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won 6-1, 6-2 to improve to

15-0 in first-round matches at Flushing Meadows. But with her

ranking down to No. 60, she had to open against the Wimbledon

semifinalist.

In 2011, Williams withdrew before her second-round match because

of Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. She was playing just

her third event since a first-round loss at the French Open.

Flipkens had been enjoying a career year. The Belgian had never

reached the round of 16 at a major tournament before the Australian

Open, then made her run at Wimbledon.