Serena Williams lives to compete in one other skilled singles tennis match after upsetting No. 2 Anett Kontaveit 7–6(4), 2–6, 6–2 on Wednesday night time at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The GOAT announced her retirement, or “evolution” from tennis, previous to taking part in on this 12 months’s U.S. Open. Williams started by winning her first round match in opposition to Danka Kovinić, taking it 6–3, 6–3.
The 40-year-old will face Australian Ajla Tomljanović within the third spherical on Friday.
Williams came out dazzling on the court again, and the stars came out to see her play at her final U.S. Open. Golf legend Tiger Woods even sat in her participant’s field.
It was a backwards and forwards battle within the first set. Whereas tied at 3–3, it took 20 factors for Kontaveit to take the sport, and Williams was near breaking. Each gamers broke one another as soon as, main the set right into a tiebreak, the place Williams hit a number of winners to earn her the primary set.
Williams obtained off to a tough begin within the second set as she dropped the primary three video games, two of which she was serving. Within the fifth recreation, the 40-year-old was up 40–0, after which ended up shedding it in a tiebreak. Kontaveit seemed to have regained momentum as she received 6–2.
However the six-time U.S. Open champion wasn’t backing down. She got here out with a 2–0 lead in Set 3 and led 40–0 within the third recreation, however ended up shedding.
Williams shortly turned it round by breaking Kontaveit within the subsequent recreation. Then, in her personal service recreation, she took management by successful each level. She dominated by ending the set 6–2 and advancing to the third spherical.
Now followers marvel if Williams might make an unimaginable run and seize her twenty fourth Grand Slam title. Whereas she holds the document for many Grand Slams within the Open Period, Margaret Courtroom holds the all-time document at 24. This may very well be Williams’s probability to tie the document.
Williams hasn’t received a significant match because the 2017 Australian Open, the place she received whereas pregnant together with her daughter Olympia.
Williams received’t get a lot relaxation earlier than her third-round match, although. She will take the court with her older sister, Venus, on Thursday night time in a doubles match earlier than her third-round singles match on Friday. The duo has 14 Grand Slam doubles titles collectively.
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