FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Americans Venus Williams and Andy Roddick made relatively easy work of their fellow American opponents on Ashe Stadium court on Tuesday while Sloane Stephens took out a seed at the US Open. Roddick defeated qualifier Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, while Williams dismissed Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1.
Youngster Sloane Stephens stunned former French Open winner an 22nd seed, Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-4.
Williams clocked a 125 MPH serve during her win in 62 minutes. She talked about the importance of her serve. â€œFor me my serve is huge because it’s such a huge part of my gameâ€, Venus said. â€œIt’s important for me to get my first serves in.Â Of course, when there’s a big point, I’m thinking my serve is going to save me every time.Â I think sometimes I get so involved in my serve I forget to play the rest of the point.
â€œIt’s definitely a balance.Â But for me and anybody else, when your serve is in, the rest of your game is beautiful usually.â€
Williams who is battling an autoimmune disorder discussed dealing with it day-to-day.
â€œFor a player like me, I play through everything,â€ Williams said.Â â€œSo I think for maturity, there comes a point when you have to start realizing you can’t play through everything.Â For me that’s been just about a year, year and a half that I’ve finally gotten smart.
â€œFor me it’s about living life with no regrets.Â If I have any small chance to hit the ball, I’m going to go for it.â€
Roddick, another American senior member on the tour, his fastest serve topped the radar gun at 141 mph. He smashed 20 aces past his opponent and won the last 16 points of the match on his serve.
With Roddickâ€™s 30th birthday approaching, Roddick was questioned about the age ofÂ players going up.
â€œI think the game has become a lot more physical,â€ said Roddick. â€œ I think you have to be a fully grown human to deal with kind of the ins and outs of the physical grind.
â€œI think that’s probably why you’re seeing what you see now.Â I mean, you have to kind of be able to kind of take a beating week in and week out.Â It’s not as much about shot making now as it is about kind of movement and that sort of thing.â€
From an almost 30 Roddick to the youngest woman in the top 50, 19-year-old Sloane Stephens becomes more confident with every match.
â€œI just believe in myself a lot more and I just know that whatever I put my mind to and I focus on and I really want to do, I do it,â€ Stephens said about her development.
â€œIt’s not that I just decided, but I decided that tennis is what I love and that’s what I just really want to do.
â€œSo I give a hundred percent all the time, practice, matches.Â I think you only have that one moment when you’re playing.Â Whenever it is to work hard, do that extra bit, I think I’ve really focused on that, and I think that’s helped me come a really long ways.â€