Venus Williams Is Preparing For The US Open

The Tennis Podcast: No Serena, no Djokovic, no Murray – so who will win the US Open singles titles?

Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament's end.

World No 2 Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, victor of the WTA event in Toronto, and Britain's Johanna Konta will all feel that they have a chance, while Venus Williams will be eyeing her first title in NY since 2001.

"I think when you play week in and week out, a couple of years in a row, there's a lot of ups and downs", she said after the victory over Dodin.

The latest news, results and today's schedule for the 2017 U.S. Open, as the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year is underway in Flushing Meadows, New York, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Venus Williams remains in the crowded hunt for the women's No.1 tennis ranking - even though she had no idea she could claim the coveted spot at the US Open.

But Williams, who has been regularly named as one of the highest-paid athletes by Forbes over the years, cherishes that time as a child.

Other matches involving seeded players to finish quickly during Monday's opening session included 18th seed Caroline Garcia of France defeating Czech Tereza Martincova 6-0 6-1 and 31st seed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia defeating Italian Camila Giorgi 6-3 6-4.

You can live stream matches on Watch ESPN.

She was up a set, plus a break in the second at 2-0, when she faltered. Indeed, she said she was unaware of that possibility.

"I just want to win, and if you win you get the ranking". The match will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

"I don't take anything for granted", said Konta, who was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon just last month.

Rafael Nadal is top seed in Men's singles section and Karolina Pliskova is the top seed in Women's Singles event.

The absence of many big names, including Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, has left the draw wide open this year, however, and Isner and Sam Querrey both impressed on day one. On the women's side, there as No. 21 Ana Konjuh, No. 24 Kiki Bertens and No. 32 Lauren Davis.

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