Venus Williams ousted in 2nd round of US Open

Venus Williams closed out her Grand Slam season Thursday night

with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 second-round loss to sixth-seeded Angelique

Kerber at the U.S. Open.

Williams, the 2000 and 2001 champion at Flushing Meadows,

finished with 60 unforced errors. The match lasted 2 hours, 45


She finished the year with only two victories at the Grand Slam

events – one at the French Open and another at Flushing


Last year, Williams departed the U.S. Open before her

second-round match, suffering with Sjogren’s syndrome, an illness

that causes joint pain and fatigue.

On Thursday, Williams lost serve twice in the second set but

came back both times to win and force a third set. But she lost

serve at 5-5 and Kerber served out the set for the win.