Two time defending champion Serena Williams breezed past compatriot Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1 in just under an hour in her opening round match at Flushing Meadows. Playing in her first ever US Open main draw, wild card Taylor Townsend started well enough but her lack of experience became increasingly apparent as the match wore on. Serena was untroubled on serve, the world number 1 did not face a break point as she won 88 percent of first serves and 85 percent of her second serves.
Townsend started the match off well with a commanding service hold. However a determined Serena quickly clicked into gear, breaking in the third game and then never looked back. Taylor did remain within striking distance for the entire opening set, however she was unable get herself into one of Serena's service games. Serena took the couple of chances that came her way, breaking in the ninth game to take the opening set 6-3.
Serena clearly meant business in the second set, determined to get off court as quickly as possible. Serena didn't let her concentration slip at any stage during the match, the odd errors she did hit clearly frustrated the world number 1. Serena eventually took the second set 6-1 in just 26 minutes, clearly determined to win her sixth US open title and first of Slam of the year.