Angelique Kerber beat Venus Williams in three sets to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kerber won the third set 7-5, winning on a Williams unforced error into the net.
Williams dropped the first set 6-2. She struggled to get in a rhythm, double faulting five times. In the second set, the two-time U.S. Open champion was down 2-0, but came back to win 7-5 in a gusty fashion.
In the third set, Williams stormed out to a 4-2 lead, but a surging Kerber battled back to tie the set at 4-4. Kerber stayed in the match, persevering through several long rallies and a pro-Williams crowd and eventually secured a third round berth, winning the set 7-5.
Williams had 43 winners to Kerber's 20, but Williams hurt herself by committing 60 unforced errors. Kerber faces Russia's Olga Puchkova in the third round.
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