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US Open: Serena Williams: Wait and see on shoulder injury

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 13:36

The U.S. Open marks Williams' first big tournament since the upset in Rio, and after she fell short in last year's shocking U.S. Open semi-final match against Italian player Roberta Vinci, she is looking for redemption.

The American opened her US Open account with a tidy 6-3, 6-3 win over Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Tuesday, to join her sister Venus in the second round of the US Open.

Williams hit 12 aces during the match but admitted that she was aiming for placement rather than power.

Serena will next play American wild card Vania King, a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 victor over Germany qualifier Antonia Lottner. I just have to get everything ready for here. "I didn't go for the big 120s, just the regular".

"I was pleased with my serve because I haven't been hitting a lot of serves at all".

"In practice, none of them were going in, so I was definitely excited about that".

The 34-year-old was sporting a black and pink outfit, accessorized with black sleeves, which one Twitter user likened to a superhero outfit.

Williams said she wouldn't know until she'd slept on it how her shoulder might respond to the effort.

Williams had a bit of an edge coming into the match, since she was familiar with Makarova's style of play already.

"I haven't been able to play much since Wimbledon, I was just happy that I was able to make it out here to the Open so everyday I'll just see how it goes", said Williams.

"The good part is I'm playing the game I want to play, I'm playing aggressively and moving forward", Venus said. "I mean, I didn't play as many matches as I would have liked to play, much on the hard court".

Andy Murray of Great Britain in action during the US Open mens singles first round match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the Arthur Ashe Stadium court in NY, on Tuesday.

On the men's side, Wimbledon and Olympic champion Murray plays Marcel Granollers of Spain.

"I love coming out here in front of this NY crowd, it's super special". I got off to a really fast start - I wanted to get some momentum. "I was going for something that no one has done in a really long time".

Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who Murray beat in the Olympic final, is also safely through. Johnson was down two sets and a break to 79th-ranked Evgeny Donskoy Tuesday and saved six match points in the third before winning 4-6, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours, 13 minutes.

"But as time has progressed, and this past week it's usually been the day after, so that's a really positive thing".

There's more big-name action Wednesday with defending champion Novak Djokovic facing Czech Jiri Vesely - the 23-year-old beat the Serb in the second round of the Monte Carlo tournament earlier this year.