New York: Two-time champion Venus Williams said she felt American for the first time at a U.S. Open as the crowd urged her Thursday in her 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 loss to sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber.
Williams served poorly and stumbled badly for a set and a half before recovering to make things quite competitive. Williams came within two points of winning, but dropped five of the last six games.
Buoyed by chants of "Let's go, Venus!" in a mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium — perhaps spectators figured in the second set that Kerber was on her way to a swift victory — Williams found the resolve and energy to put aside her 16 double-faults and 60 total unforced errors and get back into the contest.