New York, Even if it does flare up, Williams has to be considered a strong favorite against her 87th-ranked compatriot King, a wild card she trounced 6-1 6-0 in their only prior meeting, in the second round of the 2014 US Open.
Sixth-seeded Venus Williams, whose seven Grand Slam titles include two US Opens, was eyeing a place in the last 32 against German Julia Goerges.
Fired-up fifth seed Simona Halep reached the third round with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Lucie Safarova in a battle of former French Open finalists. Halep showed a flash of frustration after letting an early break get away in the opening frame, but she won the last three games to pocket the set and sealed the win when Safarova double-faulted on match point — one of 11 breaks of serve in the contest.
Halep apologised for her racquet-swiping fit of pique. “I know it’s not nice,” she said.” But I can’t control my
emotions. I’m trying, but I can’t do it.” Halep called playing under the roof “amazing,” although it didn’t relieve all climate problems. “I was a little cold,” she said. “I felt the air conditioning.”
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Among those waiting out the rain, sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan had split two sets and was at 4-4 in the third against Russian qualifier Karen Khachanov, while eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria was level at 4-4 against Lithuanian Ricardas Barankais. Women’s fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and men’s third seed Stan Wawrinka were in limbo with second-round matches scheduled on the Louis Armstrong stadium.