WHAT HAPPENED: No. 1 seed Serena Williams wasted no time getting down to business in her second-round match against fellow American Vania King in Arthur Ashe Stadium, easily advancing with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
The world No. 80 King is no stranger to success at the US Open, having won the women's doubles title here in 2010. But while she's at her best at the net, her steady baseline game often doesn't give her a dependable route to get there.
The relative lack of power on King's shots in comparison to the No. 1 seed meant that Williams was in control of most of the rallies from the very beginning. Standing well inside the baseline to attack King's second serves, Williams immediately broke her opponent to begin the match and benefitted from a double fault from King on break point four games later to take a 4-1 lead. Another break in King's next service game allowed Williams to easily wrap up the set.
The second set was nearly identical to the first set, as King continued to struggle with the windy conditions inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, hitting five unforced errors to just 16 winners on the day. While the two-time defending US Open champion appeared frustrated with her play at times, she still hammered down 25 winners and wrapped up the match in under an hour. Williams will remain a heavy favorite to win her sixth US Open title if she can keep up this level of play.
WHAT IT MEANS: With this win, Williams now improves to 15-0 in second-round matches at the US Open. Her earliest exit here came in her debut in 1998, when she lost in the third round.
Next up for the No. 1 seed is either American Varvara Lepchenko or German Mona Barthel. Williams has dropped just six games in total against Lepchenko in their two previous career matches and enjoyed an equally comfortable win over Barthel in their only meeting last summer in Cincinnati.
Looming ahead for the two-time defending champion is a potential fourth-round clash against No. 24 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia, which would be a rematch of the 2011 US Open final in which Stosur prevailed.
THE QUESTION: How far do you think Serena will go in this year’s US Open?