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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 27, 2013
NEW YORK---Venus Williams had been
14-0 in the first round of the US Open,
though she never had to face an opponent
ranked in the top 30 at that stage.
Williams was usually the seeded player,
but after two years of illness and injury, the
seven-time major champ was the one pulling
the upset yesterday when she defeated Wim-
bledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens.
Her ranking down to No. 60, Williams
beat the 12th-seeded Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 for
one of her biggest wins since she pulled out
of this tournament two years ago because
of Sjogren s syndrome, an autoimmune dis-
"For me, I stay positive because I know
I can play great tennis," Williams said.
"Sometimes you just have to go through
more than what you want to go through.
Sometimes you have to have losses. When
I had losses, it always motivates me a lot
to do better and to work harder."
The 33-year-old looked strong Monday,
fighting off three break points at 2-2 in the
second set in a game that went to six deuces.
Bothered by a lower back injury, Williams
was playing just her third event since a first-
round loss at the French Open. She hadn t
defeated a top-20 opponent since last Octo-
"I realise that I haven t had a lot of
chances to play this year or a lot of chances
to play healthy this year, have had injuries
and what have you," she said. "So I m just
going to have to keep working my way into
it maybe more than some of the other play-
ers. But I know I can do that."
Flipkens, meanwhile, 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
In the day s first big upset, a British man
not named Andy Murray --- 179th-ranked
qualifier Daniel Evans --- stunned 11th-seed-
ed Kei Nishikori in straight sets. Evans won
6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in his U.S. Open debut.
Both are 23, but Nishikori was playing in
his 17th Grand Slam event, with a 25-16
record coming in. Evans was 0-2, both
matches at Wimbledon.
"I was pretty calm today," Evans said. "It
wasn t that much of a big deal what was
happening on the court. I wasn t nervous
serving it out."
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and
fifth-seeded Li Na advanced in straight sets
on the women s side. Radwanska beat Silvia
Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-2, while Li defeated
Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2.
Radwanska withdrew from her last tour-
nament at Cincinnati on August 15 before
her quarterfinal against Li to fly home for
her grandfather s funeral.
American teen Lauren Davis lost by a
"double bagel," falling to 18th-seeded Carla
Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-0, 6-0 in 57
No. 16-seeded Sabine Lisicki, the Wim-
bledon runner-up, beat Vera Dushevina 6-
2, 7-6 (3), while 23rd-seeded American
Jamie Hampton defeated Lara Arruabarrena
On the men s side, eighth-seeded Richard
Gasquet eliminated American Michael Rus-
sell 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Bernard Tomic rallied
past Albert Ramos in five sets, winning 6-
3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in nearly four hours.
The day started with some big news from
a veteran U.S. player: Three-time Grand
Slam quarterfinalist James Blake announced
he would retire after the tournament at age
33.Roger Federer is 32, and his struggles this
year have him hearing questions about how
much longer he ll play. The five-time US
Open champ is seeded seventh, his worst
Federer plays Grega Zemlja in Monday s
last match at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Top-
seeded Serena Williams begins the night
session against Francesca Schiavone.
Rafael Nadal was facing doubt about his
career when a knee injury sidelined him for
But with a 10-0 record on hard courts
leading to the US Open, he s seeded second.
The Spaniard opened against American Ryan
Venus Williams upsets
Flipkens at US Open
Venus Williams returns a shot to Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens during the first round of the
2013 US Open tennis tournament, yesterday, in New York. Williams defeated Flipkens. AP
NEW YORK---Wiping away tears, former top-five
player James Blake announced yesterday that he
will retire from tennis after the US Open.
"No real surprise here. This is my last tournament,"
the 33-year-old Blake said at a news conference
during the opening day of action at Flushing Mead-
"I always wanted to end my career at the US Open,"
the American added.
Blake, who attended Harvard before turning pro
in 1999, reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in
2006. He is currently 100th and has a 9-13 record
this season heading into his first-round match in the
US Open against Ivo Karlovic.
Blake reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals,
including two in New York, losing at that stage to
Andre Agassi in 2005 and to Roger Federer in 2006.
He mentioned that five-set defeat against Agassi as
a match that stands out as a highlight and lowlight
of his time on tour.
Blake s announcement comes a year after his friend
and former US Davis Cup teammate, Andy Roddick,
retired after the US Open.
"Despite the tears, I m actually really happy about
this," said Blake, noting that he looks forward to
spending more time with his wife and their 1-year-
Asked about what he would like to do in the future,
Blake mentioned two possibilities: serving as captain
of the U.S. Davis Cup team, and working as a television
James Blake returns a shot to Lukas Lacko, of
Slovakia, in the first round of play at the 2012 US
Open Tennis tournament in New York. Blake says he
will retire from tennis after the US Open. The 33-
year-old Blake announced his decision at a news
conference at Flushing Meadows yesterday, the
opening day of the year's last Grand Slam
tournament. AP Photo
Blake says US Open will
be his last tournament
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