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US Open 2022: Serena Williams wins first round match, moves on to face No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit

Serena Williams has not performed her last US Open match. In entrance of an electrical crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Williams defeated Danka Kovinic in a 6-3, 6-3 win.

Williams received off to a little bit of a sluggish begin with some double faults hurting her within the first set. Nonetheless, she was in a position to battle again and shake off the early jitters to win, 6-3, as Kovinic had some problems with her personal.

Within the second set, Williams discovered extra of a rhythm along with her serve. Because the second set went on, Williams appeared to achieve increasingly more confidence, and Kovinic misplaced management of the match completely. Williams rode that momentum to a different 6-3 win to take the match and advance.

In her US Open profession, Williams is now 99-3 when she wins the primary set, and her dominance within the match would not cease there. With a semifinals look in her final 11 appearances at Flushing Meadows, Williams has loads of expertise on her aspect.

Not solely that, but when this first-round matchup is any indication, everybody in attendance on the match is behind her. Arthur Ashe Stadium exploded when Williams stepped onto the courtroom, and it broke out into thunderous applause with each level she gained.

After the match, Williams spoke to CBS Mornings’¬†Gayle King on the courtroom about what the fan help meant to her.

“The gang was loopy,” Williams mentioned. “It actually helped pull me by. I used to be actually pumped. I used to be like, ‘Sure, I received this.'”

Williams additionally mentioned her resolution to maneuver away from tennis and into different “chapters” of her life. It wasn’t straightforward, however Williams felt like now was the perfect time to maneuver onto different issues.

“It was a really exhausting resolution as a result of whenever you love one thing a lot and also you’re obsessed with one thing, it is at all times exhausting to stroll away,” Williams mentioned. “Typically, I believe it is tougher to stroll away than not. That is been the case for me. I have been attempting to determine for a short while what to do. It retains you match. That is a bonus. I used to be similar to, ‘Alright, I believe now’s the time.’ I’ve a household. There’s different chapters in life. I name it evolution.”

On prime of gunning for her seventh US Open title in girls’s singles, Williams may also be taking part in along with her sister, Venus, within the doubles match. That’s one thing Williams is de facto wanting ahead to.

“We’re laying all of it out right here, for me no less than. I am unable to communicate for my sister. It is gonna be so enjoyable taking part in doubles along with her. It is gonna be loopy. We have not performed it in so lengthy, and I am actually excited for it.”

Williams will now transfer on to face Anett Kontaveit within the second spherical. Kontaveit defeated Jaqueline Cristian in consecutive units in her first match of the match.

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