Serena Williams wins 1st round US Open match ahead of retirement

All eyes have been on Serena Williams because the tennis celebrity made an electrical first-round look in her remaining U.S. Open look earlier than retirement.

Williams defeated Eightieth-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on heart courtroom in two units, 6-3, 6-3.

 

Williams, 40, has been the speak of the event after she introduced earlier this month in a private essay for Vogue that her time as a professional was coming to a detailed.

PHOTO: Serena Williams reacts during the first round of the US Open tennis championships in New York, Aug. 29, 2022.
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Serena Williams reacts in the course of the first spherical of the US Open tennis championships in New York, Aug. 29, 2022.

Williams defeated Martina Hingis within the U.S. Open remaining to win her first main title in 1999 on the age of 17. Williams defeated 5 future Corridor of Famers, together with Hingis, to win that title.

In her 27 years, Williams has notched 23 main singles titles — essentially the most within the Open Period for males or girlsin addition to 14 in doubles, two extra in blended doubles and 4 Olympic gold medals. Her 73 singles titles total is fifth all time amongst girls. Margaret Courtroom holds the all-time majors document with 24. Her profession started in 1960, {and professional} gamers weren’t allowed to compete till 1968, although she additionally received 11 majors within the Open Period.

Rennae Stubbs, her newest coach, longtime competitor, pal and six-time grand slam doubles winner, advised “Good Morning America” on Monday that her objective was “to only maintain her blissful.”

“She seems nice. She’s been practising actually, actually onerous,” Stubbs mentioned main as much as the opening match. “One of many issues I emphasised together with her once I did begin working together with her was, ‘You bought to play extra units towards different gamers.’ She hasn’t performed many matches within the final two years and had the damage at Wimbledon final 12 months, subsequently wasn’t positive if she was going to come back again. And I believe she bought the bug to complete the way in which she wished to complete, which was on her phrases. And he or she‘s finished that now.”

PHOTO: Serena Williams smiles and poses with her trophy after winning the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Courts in Flushing Meadows, New York City, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1999..
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Serena Williams smiles and poses together with her trophy after successful the US Open on the USTA Nationwide Tennis Courts in Flushing Meadows, New York Metropolis, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1999.

Ticket gross sales skyrocketed within the days after Williams introduced she could be stepping away from tennis following the U.S. Open — even earlier than followers knew which night time she could be taking part in.

Williams has been beset by accidents in recent times and hasn’t performed 10 tournaments in a 12 months since 2015. Within the final two years, she has misplaced to an opponent ranked No. 100 or worse 3 times. She sat out the 2021 U.S. Open in addition to the primary two majors in 2022. She hasn’t performed in a serious remaining since 2019.

Williams is at the moment ranked 410th on this planet and misplaced within the first spherical of Wimbledon in July.

She received her twenty third grand slam title — besting Steffi Graf’s 22 titles — in January 2017 when she was pregnant with daughter, Alexis Olympia. She and Olympia wore matching Nike outfits Monday night time.

PHOTO: Alexis Ohanian and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. cheer for Serena Williams during the U.S. Open in New York, Aug. 29, 2022.
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Alexis Ohanian and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. cheer for Serena Williams in the course of the U.S. Open in New York, Aug. 29, 2022.

PHOTO: Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win their women's singles final match at the 2014 US Open, on Sept. 7, 2014 in New York City.
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Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win their girls‘s singles remaining match on the 2014 US Open, on Sept. 7, 2014 in New York Metropolis.

Stubbs mentioned she “did not have the success that we’re used to her having” in 2022 and famous {that a} lack of matches “actually hurts” her play.

By means of the years she’s all the time performed so many matches, she hadn’t needed to play a number of apply units or play with some other gamers, so the emphasis on her over the past couple weeks is, ‘Let’s play some units towards nice gamers.’ At the least you get that match apply, in apply, and he or she‘s finished that and embraced it. So she’s been actually, actually good.”

In the end, Stubbs mentionedthat is going to be a human second for her tonight.”

PHOTO: Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women's singles finals match of the 2016 Wimbledon Championship in London, July 9, 2016.
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Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany within the girls‘s singles finals match of the 2016 Wimbledon Championship in London, July 9, 2016. (Picture by Lindsey Parnaby/Anadolu Company/Getty Photographs)

“To know the enormity of this match, her final ever match probably — or if she wins how excited everybody‘s going to be to see her play one other match on the U.S. Open. The gang goes to be superb. You are not human for those who do not feel the feelings,” Stubbs mentioned. “There isn’t any doubt she might be very nervous occurring the courtroomanxiousness degree might be excessive as a result of she all the time has [high] expectations.”

Serena and her sister Venus have been granted a wild card entry into the ladies‘s doubles event in Queens, New York — a doubles title she’s received twice together with her sister. The ladies‘s doubles event opens up on Aug. 31 with the Williams sisters taking part in Czech gamers Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka within the first spherical.

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