Serena not happy with second round win


September 03, 2016
Serena Williams returns a shot to Vania King, of the United States, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, on Thursday, in New York. Williams won in straight sets. (AP Photo)


Maybe Serena Williams simply wanted to put on a better show for her pal BeyoncE.

Looking rather displeased with herself at times, including when she shook her head and smirked on the way to the net for a post-victory handshake Thursday night, Williams still managed to tie Martina Navratilova's professional-era women's record with her 306th career victory in Grand Slam matches.

Williams beat Vania King 6-3, 6-3 to reach the US Open's third round.

"I just think it should have been a different scoreline for me. I feel like I made a lot of errors," Williams said. "But, you know, there's nothing I can do about that now. What really matters is I got the win. Hopefully, I'll just get better."

Really? This performance didn't seem OK? After all, Williams delivered 13 aces with serves that reached 121 mph. She compiled a 38-4 edge in winners. She only dropped six games and needed all of 65 minutes to win.

"I just didn't have a great day," was her assessment.

Yes, there were problems. The 28 unforced errors. The return game: She won only 13 of 40 points on King's first serves. Williams did, however, smack one backhand return winner in the final game.

Music power couple of BeyoncE and Jay Z sat behind Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, in the player's guest box Thursday.

"It's always good," Williams said casually, "to have BeyoncE and Jay in the box."

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