Venus routs Zheng, stays perfect in US Open first round

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Zheng Saisai of China hits a return during the women's singles first round match between Venus Williams ofthe United States and Zheng Saisai of China at the 2019 US Open in New York, the United States, Aug. 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Two-time champion Venus Williams dropped just one game in a flawless first-round performance against China's Zheng Saisai to kick off her 2019 US Open campaign.

Former world No. 1 Williams drew from her rich experience against Zheng, destroying her opponent 6-1, 6-0 in just one hour and six minutes.

"I was happy with today, so I'm not going to ask for more," Williams said. "Whether the win is easy or whether it's tough, a win is a win. Getting to the next round is about getting the win on your side and building yourself up during the tournament and patting yourself on the back for every good achievement."

"She's playing really well, honestly. Confident, does everything well. So it was great to be able to perform well against her. Good win today," Williams added.

Williams dominated from the very beginning, punching a barrage of winners to storm to 4-0 in the opening set in just 19 minutes.

Zheng, who lifted the trophy in San Jose WTA tournament earlier this month, finally held serve in the sixth game, but she was unable to maintain the momentum in the next game, wasting two breaking points before losing the set at 6-1.

It was one-way traffic in the second set for the 39-year-old American, who broke three times to reel off the next six games in a row. Williams remained unbroken during the entire match, and she struck 25 winners to Zheng's six en route to the victory. 

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