Even in her farewell match, Serena Williams confirmed the tennis world that she remains to be very a lot a power to be reckoned with, taking the primary set in opposition to World No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in an exciting tiebreaker.
Regardless of getting her serve damaged whereas serving for the set, the 23-time Grand Slam champion held her nerves to seal the set, a lot to the delight of followers at Arthur Ashe Stadium. One of many followers in attendance was golf famous person Tiger Woods, who had been watching the proceedings from Williams’ participant field.
As the remainder of her entourage went wild after the previous World No. 1 took the set, Woods joined them in celebration, pumping his fist ecstatically to point out his appreciation for his compatriot and long-time pal.
The 40-year-old went on to lose the second set 2-6 and is presently battling it out with Kontaveit within the decider. The winner of the conflict will tackle both Ajla Tomljanovic or Evgeniya Rodina within the third spherical.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams kick off their doubles marketing campaign tomorrow at Arthur Ashe Stadium
No matter her consequence in the present day, Serena Williams will return to Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow, partnering together with her sister Venus Williams within the doubles class. The duo have been allotted the enviable evening session slot, the place they tackle the all-Czech pairing of Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka.
The elder Williams additionally performed singles on the 2022 US Open however misplaced out to Alison Van Uytvanck in straight units in her opener. Whereas Serena Williams is a six-time singles winner at Flushing Meadows and Venus Williams is a two-time singles champion, the sisters have gained the doubles occasion twice to this point — in 1999 and 2009.
The Williams sisters even have an impeccable document in Grand Slam finals, successful all 14 of the summit clashes they’ve contested to this point. Regarding their participation this yr, Venus Williams confirmed that it was her youthful sister’s thought, maybe influenced by the truth that this was her farewell match.
Having not performed collectively for greater than half a decade, the 42-year-old hoped they may have just one final hurrah in New York earlier than they each hung up their racquets.
“Yeah, [playing in the doubles] was Serena’s thought. She’s the boss, so do no matter she tells me to do,” Venus Williams mentioned. “I do not assume we now have performed since 2016, however may be getting that fallacious. Now we have had some nice wins. It could be good so as to add some extra.”