As we enter the second round at the U.S. Open in New York City, let us recap the first two days of action at the top of the women’s draw.

 

American Serena Williams (1) breezed through her opening match, thumping Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3. It was a nice first step for Williams as she works back from a shoulder injury that has bothered her throughout the summer. Serena never took her foot off the pedal, winning 90% of the points on her first serve and denying Makarova even one break point.

Next match: Thursday vs. Vania King (USA)

 

Angelique Kerber (2) throttled her opponent, Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, 6-0, 6-1. The match, which only took 33 minutes to complete, was little more than a warm-up for Kerber as she looks to win her second Grand Slam title of 2016. Hercog just couldn’t keep up in receiving points, winning only 11% compared to Kerber’s 67%.

Next match: Wednesday vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

 

It took three sets, but Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza (3) overcame Elise Mertens of Germany 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. The nearly two-hour long match saw Muguruza start sluggish, but finish strong. The Spaniard’s performance was good enough to win in the opening round, but she will need to improve her service game (one ace, seven double faults) and cut down on her unforced errors (40) if she is to make a deep run in the tournament.

Next match: Wednesday vs. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)

 

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska (4) had her way with American Jessica Pegula, winning 6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes. Pegula was self-destructive throughout the match, totaling 34 unforced errors. Radwanska did what the best players do, and cashed in on her break point chances (5/9, 56%).

Next match: Thursday vs. Naomi Broady (GBR)

 

Simone Halep (5), the Romanian “Halepeno,” took care of Germany’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-2. Halep made it look easy, winning a smooth 65% of her first serves and 60% of her second serves. Halep dominated Flipkens in total points won (60-35), and was particularly effective at the net, where she was 12/15 (80%).

Next match: Thursday vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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