By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
|US Originate 2019|
|Venue:Flushing Meadows, Sleek YorkDates:26 Aug – 8 Sep|
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Serena Williams fought support from a situation the final style down to beat American teen Caty McNally in a lovely boring-night match on the US Originate.
Williams, 37, took control midway by plot of the 2d situation to establish 5-7 6-3 6-1.
The eighth seed dropped unswerving 5 aspects in a one-sided last situation.
“I survived tonight. I am now not too happy with the manner I played at all, then all once more it’s OK, I’m alive. I’ll attain better. I promise,” said Williams.
The 23-time Huge Slam champion will play Czech Karolina Muchova or Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the third round.
Williamsthrashed prolonged-time rival Maria Sharapova in the outlet round on Monday, but used to be given a grand sterner take a look at by McNally on the 17-365 days-venerable’s first major-map appearance at Flushing Meadows.
McNally, ranked 121st on this planet, constructed some unbelievable aspects as she tried to transfer Williams all the plot by plot of the court and it proved a hit when she claimed the main rupture level of the match for a 6-5 lead.
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After combating off three rupture-support aspects, McNally sealed the location on the 2d strive to transfer midway to a famed victory in opposition to one among the all-time greats, who had already won the 1999 US Originate sooner than McNally used to be born in November 2001.
In the end Williams stumbled on a stage nearer to her most effective, breaking for a 4-2 lead in the 2d situation and levelling after lacking four situation aspects on McNally’s wait on.
The last situation used to be a obvious memoir to the old two, Williams winning 16 of the outlet 17 aspects and desiring cramped over 20 minutes to clinch victory.
Williams will get out her subsequent opponent on Thursday. The assembly between Hsieh and Muchova used to be one among the various first-round matches cancelled on Wednesday after rain decimated play in Sleek York.
Earlier in Wednesday’s night session, Australian 2d seed Ashleigh Barty battled previous American Lauren Davis in straight sets.
The French Originate champion, 23, saved a situation level in the 2d sooner than taking her fourth match record identify 6-2 7-6 (7-2) on Louis Armstrong Stadium.