Williams, left, and Venus Williams talk between points
against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic during a doubles
match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday,
Aug. 28, 2014, in New York
NEW YORK —
Venus Williams is trying to get to the fourth round at the U.S.
Open for the first time since 2010 — and at any Grand Slam
tournament for the first time since 2011.
To do so, the
19th-seeded Williams will need to beat 13th-seeded Sara Errani of
Italy in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.
owns seven major singles titles, including two at the U.S. Open in
2000 and 2001, Errani has had more recent success at tennis' most
In 2012, Errani
was the runner-up at the French Open and a semifinalist at
Flushing Meadows. She also was a semifinalist at Roland Garros
last year. Pairing with Roberta Vinci, Errani completed a career
Grand Slam in doubles by winning Wimbledon last month.
focused. She does everything well on the court clearly, because
she's a great singles player and a doubles player," said
Williams, who is 3-0 against Errani in previous singles matchups.
"Every time I've played her, I've had to be focused on every
single point, because she does not let up on any point, no matter
what the score is."
(1.85-meter) Williams holds significant advantages in height and
power over the 5-foot-4 1/2 (1.64-meter) Errani.
obvious that players who play that strong give me problems. They
don't let me find my rhythm. They don't let me find my game,"
Errani said. "Venus is tall, so the balls that I like to play
to bother opponents — high shots with topspin — are perfect
for her. So we'll see."
Other things to
watch on Day 5 at the year's last Grand Slam tournament:
BIG SERVES: Known
as a top returner, Maria Sharapova will need to contend with the
owner of the fastest serve in women's tennis.
champion Sharapova, seeded fifth this year, plays her third-round
match at night against 26th-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
At a hard-court
tournament in Stanford, California, in July, Lisicki hit the
fastest record serve in the history of the WTA, reaching 131 mph
Sharapova en route to reaching the Wimbledon final in 2013, but
has lost all five of their other meetings.
"Should be a
fun one," Lisicki said.
FEDERER VS. GROTH:
Roger Federer faces a big server at night, too, playing
Australia's Sam Groth in the second round.
Groth, though, is
only ranked 104th and has a losing career record of 10-15. He was
0-3 in Grand Slam matches until winning his first-round match at
Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.
comparison, is 973-224 for his career and owns a record 17 major