At 38, Venus Williams survives three sets to advance at her 20th US Open

NEW YORK — At 38 years old, it’s not surprising to find that Venus Williams is playing in her 20th career US Open since first competing here in 1997.

Williams has never lost a first-round match at the US Open after she scored a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Russian wild-card recipient Svetlana Kuznetsova.

It took Williams five match points to secure the 2-hour, 55-minute match. She failed to take advantage of two match points on Kuznetsova’s serve in the ninth game of the second set, and needed three match points on Kuznetsova’s serve in the final game to close it down.

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