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After 3 double-faults in 1st service game, Serena Williams wins 16th match in row at US Open

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NEW YORK — After three double-faults in her first service game, Serena Williams was in control the rest of the way and stretched her winning streak to 16 matches at the U.S. Open.

PHOTO: Vania King, of the United States, returns a shot to Serena Williams, of the United States, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Vania King, of the United States, returns a shot to Serena Williams, of the United States, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams needed only 56 minutes Thursday to beat 81st-ranked Vania King 6-1, 6-0 to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Five of Williams' 17 Grand Slam singles titles have come at the U.S. Open, including in 2012 and 2013. She is trying to become the first woman to win the tournament in three consecutive years since Chris Evert won it four times in a row in 1975-78.

Once her initial problems adjusting to strong wind in Arthur Ashe Stadium were resolved, Williams compiled a 25-5 edge in winners.

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