Serena Williams shouldn’t be able to say goodbye simply but.
In her first match at what is expected to be the last U.S. Open — and final event — of her outstanding taking part in profession, Williams overcame a shaky begin to overwhelm Danka Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 on Monday evening in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium with an environment extra akin to a competition than a farewell.
Early, Williams was not at her greatest. There have been double-faults. Different missed strokes, missed alternatives. She went up 2-0, however then rapidly trailed 3-2. Then, instantly, Williams regarded much more like somebody with six championships at Flushing Meadows and 23 Grand Slam titles in all.
She rolled via the tip of that opening set, capping it with a service winner she reacted to with clenched fists and her trademark cry of “Come on!” The greater than 23,000 in attendance rose for a raucous standing ovation. There could be extra, as Williams carried that terrific degree into the second set towards Kovinic, a 27-year-old from Montengero.
Williams will proceed to play now, dealing with No. 2 seed Anett Kontveit of Estonia on Wednesday.