The 17th seeded Williams ditched the controversial black catsuit that she wore in her matches at the 2018 French Open, earlier this summer.
"I can not say much about this match, just that I didn't really feel the ball", French Open champion Halep said.
Williams" described her banned body compression suit as "Black Panther-inspired' after the top-grossing Marvel Comics movie.
Williams held court Monday night in a statement-making, one-shouldered dress that celebrates her love of dance and ballet with a tiered, tulle skirt that creates a tutu effect. And winning in straight sets, no less.
Venus has struggled in the Majors this year, losing in the first round of the Australian Open and the French Open and losing in the third round of Wimbledon, a championship she has won five times.
"I feel pretty good", Williams said.
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With Serena Williams poised for her opening match at Arthur Ashe stadium, United States Tennis Association boss Katrina Adams took the centre court stage to the late Aretha Franklin's "Respect", before inviting past tennis greats to join her.
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Franklin died August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. "They really loved her, and she loved Detroit ". Owens said she began planning for this week's festivities earlier this year.
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Bournemouth had defended stoutly throughout and could easily have scored themselves before Pedro's shot deflected into the net 18 minutes from time .
Serena Williams, a six-time victor in NY who is seeded 17th after returning from maternity leave earlier in the year, didn't want to be drawn on playing her sister just yet.
Meanwhile, Serena didn't have the easiest of births when she delivered Olympia as she had to undergo an emergency C-section and then suffered a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot forms in the arteries of the lungs, afterwards.
This will be the first competitive meeting between Williams and Witthoeft.
"The first set was tight, it was my first match back here in NY so it wasn't the easiest".
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"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, 'Man, I can't do this, '" she told Vogue in her cover story where she posed with her daughter.
None of that mattered against Linette, whom Williams dismissed in 70 minutes as she struck 23 winners and made 18 unforced errors.