US Open 2019: Serena Williams fights off Caty McNally challenge to reach 3rd round

first_img Next US Open 2019: Serena Williams fights off Caty McNally challenge to reach 3rd round17-year-old Caty McNally took a set off Serena Williams before the the 23-time Grand Slam champion fought back to win the high-quality 2nd-round match in New York on Wednesday.advertisement Associated Press New YorkAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 09:43 IST Serena Williams reached the 3rd round at US Open 2019 after a tough test against teenager Caty McNally (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams survived a tough test against Caty McNally on Wednesday night17-year-old McNally took the first set, playing an impressive brand of tennisSerena Williams heaped praise on McNally after her 2nd-round winSerena Williams avoided what would have been her earliest loss in 19 appearances at the US Open.Williams came back from a set down in the second round at Flushing Meadows to beat 17-year-old American Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday night.McNally took the opening set 7-5 after converting her only break point to go 6-5. Williams though fought back and took the second set before dominating a one-sided deciding set.Drama going ??17-year-old @CatyMcNally plays inspired tennis to claim the first set off Serena Williams 7-5.#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2019The only time Williams ever has been beaten as early as even the third round in New York was in her tournament debut all way back in 1998 – when she was just 16 herself.The following year, Williams won the first of her six US Open championships. McNally hadn’t even been born yet.Also Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic battle into 3rd roundAlso Read | Ashleigh Barty scrambles ahead in scrappy US Open second-round matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more