Serena Williams continued her hunt for a record seventh US Open title with a straight – sets win on Thursday as Andy Murray crashed out in the second round at Flushing Meadows .
Williams , the tournament ’ s third seed, dispatched unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6 – 2 , 6 – 4 under the roof of a near – empty Arthur Ashe Stadium on a wet New York evening .
The 38 – year- old closed out the first set with ease before a slight wobble in the second when she was broken twice by Gasparyan , before progressing into the third round .
“ I ’ m just happy to get through it and try to focus on the next round ,” said Williams , who will take on 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in the last 32 .
Williams is seeking a record- equalling 24 th singles Grand Slam title at a subdued, spectator- free Billie Jean King US National Tennis Center in New York.