Venus Williams of the United States prepares to serve during her singles second round tennis match with Iveta Benesova of the Czech Repubic at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. Williams won 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
NEW YORK (AP) - Venus Williams has overcome a bad knee and a big
deficit to win her first-round match at the U.S. Open.
The No. 3-seeded Williams, twice the champion at Flushing Meadows, was down a set and a break before coming back to beat 47th-ranked Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3 Monday night.
Williams' left knee was wrapped by a trainer after the third game. The American also had plenty of trouble serving: She piled up 10 double-faults and was called for seven foot-faults.
Dushevina broke for a 3-1 lead in the second set and later was a game from winning at 5-4 in that set. But Williams - who never has lost in the U.S. Open's first round - won the next seven games.