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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 00:13 GMT 01:13 UK
Venus v Nagy as it happened
US Open, Flushing Meadows

First round result:

V WILLIAMS (US) v K Nagy (Hun)

6-2 6-1


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By Piers Newbery

Second set:

Venus 6-1 Nagy
A double fault is a sad way for Nagy to end as she gave it a go in her first ever Grand Slam match. Venus is not too bothered though, breaking into a huge grin and prancing around in delight. She looks like a real contender for the title.

Venus 5-1 Nagy
You've got to like the Venus serve. Another ace gives her the game and if she keeps thumping them down like that for the next two weeks she'll be a match for anyone.

Venus 4-1 Nagy
A superb backhand from Venus as she is forced backwards by a deep approach opens up the court, and the American steps in to swat away a cross-court backhand into the space. The old 1-2 combination, easy.

Venus 3-1 Nagy
Venus holds serve. Not much more to add really.

Venus 2-1 Nagy
Nagy gets off the mark again and continues to look fairly resolute in the face of some almighty hitting from Williams.

Venus 2-0 Nagy
Two aces round off another confident service game from former champion Venus.

Venus 1-0 Nagy
A couple of dodgy Nagy forehands give Venus a break point and she steps up a gear to force another error.

First set:

Venus 6-2 Nagy
Venus continues to look slightly edgy after her blistering start but from 30-30 finds an ace and a service winner and the set is hers.

Venus 5-2 Nagy
A few more errors creep into the Williams game and Nagy holds relatively comfortably. It's futile, of course, but a good display of grit from the Hungarian.

Venus 5-1 Nagy
It's crisis time for Venus at 0-40 and Nagy converts her second opportunity with an off forehand winner. Could this be the start of a remarkable comeback? No.

Venus 5-0 Nagy
Nagy is on the verge of a major achievement when she earns three game points. Even Venus's mum Oracene in the stands looks like she wants the Hungarian to get on the scoreboard. Venus doesn't though, and she storms back to take the game.

Venus 4-0 Nagy
Wallop. Venus smacks another forehand winner past Nagy to take the game. Apparently Nagy has never even won a tour match despite turning pro in 1994.

Venus 3-0 Nagy
Venus looks like she's got to be somewhere else and is running a bit late. She continues to climb all over the Nagy serve and it's break number two.

Venus 2-0 Nagy
Venus hits her first serve of the day at 129mph, which looks like a Grand Slam record as the previous best was 128mph - by Venus. The American also takes a tumble at one point but gets up with no fuss and races through the rest of the game.

Venus 1-0 Nagy
Venus, wearing a green and white number that isn't really doing it for me, opens with two thumping returns, quickly moves to three break points and cracks a forehand winner on the second. This could be swift and brutal.

0015: As for the match itself, Nagy is 29 years old, ranked 137 in the world and playing only her second ever Grand Slam match. To say a win over Venus would be an upset is something of an understatement.

0110: You really should be in bed, you know. Still, if it's text-based coverage of the first night match of the 2007 US Open you're after, this is the place. Venus Williams is about to take on Kira Nagy, after a tribute entitled "Breaking Barriers" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Althea Gibson becoming the first black woman to win the US Open.



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