US Open 2013: Nadal, Williams sisters sail on opening day

Sports | | August 27, 2013, 11:20 am
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Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 on the opening day in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 on the opening day in Flushing Meadows, New York.

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The 11th seed Kei Nishikori was the casualty on the opening day in New York, losing to the Brit Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The 11th seed Kei Nishikori was the casualty on the opening day in New York, losing to the Brit Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

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Agnieszka Radwanska had no trouble beating Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The Pole won 6-1, 6-2.

Agnieszka Radwanska had no trouble beating Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The Pole won 6-1, 6-2.

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Chinese ace Li Na made little work of Olga Govortsova in a 6-2, 6-2 straight-set win.

Chinese ace Li Na made little work of Olga Govortsova in a 6-2, 6-2 straight-set win.

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Defending champion Serena Williams  dropped just one game in her 6-0, 6-1 demolition job against Francesca Schiavone.

Defending champion Serena Williams dropped just one game in her 6-0, 6-1 demolition job against Francesca Schiavone.

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World No. 2 Rafael Nadal proved too hot to handle for American Ryan Harrison who was beaten 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal proved too hot to handle for American Ryan Harrison who was beaten 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

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David Ferrer overcame opening-set jitters to beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

David Ferrer overcame opening-set jitters to beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

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American hope Sloane Stephens continued to impress as she came from behind to beat Mandy Minella 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.

American hope Sloane Stephens continued to impress as she came from behind to beat Mandy Minella 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.