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
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.