Thrilled ‘to just to live in the moment,’ Serena Williams begins US Open run with a straight-sets win
Eager to ‘just live in the moment, Serena Williams opened her US Open run with a straight-set win.
THE NEW YORK The anticipated retirement of Serena Williams will have to wait. The 23-time major champion won her first-round match against Danka Kovinc 6-3, 6-3 at the US Open on Monday night.
Williams told the crowd after the game, “You know, I always have to give my best.” I feel really at ease here in front of everyone on the court.
“When I walk off the court, I just want to do my best on this particular day.” That’s all I can do.
Since Williams, 40, announced her upcoming plans to “progress” from tennis in a first-person essay in Vogue earlier this month, she has been given a farewell tour of sorts, including the Canadian Open and Western & Southern. Both received a standing ovation. open
On Monday night, a sold-out crowd of about 24,000—which included a laundry list of A-list celebrities and notables, including former President Bill Clinton, Spike Lee, Lindsey Vonn, Bella Hadid, Baggy Wilson, Vera Wang, Mike. Tyson, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Gladys Knight, Martina Navratilova, and even Coco Goff—were on their feet before Williams took the court. After a video narrated by Queen Latifah summarizing her legendary career, Williams was introduced to the crowd as “The Greatest of All Time” during any intermission throughout the match. continue
“The reception was overwhelming,” Williams told reporters. I could feel it in my chest, and it was loud. It was a pretty good feeling. It meant a lot to me because it is a feeling I’ll never forget.
Williams now has 366 Grand Slam victories, which is the most of any female player since the stadium’s opening in 1997. Her 102nd triumph at Arthur Ashe Stadium was this one. After the match, Williams was congratulated on the court. The event featured a “Thank you, Serena” video by Oprah Winfrey, along with Gayle King and Billie Jean King.
Williams addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support, saying, “I didn’t expect any of this.”
Gracious about the loss, Kovink said it was “probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play against Serena, especially in a night session match against Arthur Ashe,” and called it an “experience” that I can only remember. I can think and dream. “Career.”
Tickets for the Monday night session became a hot item after Williams’ announcement in Vogue. Monday night’s session was more expensive to attend than any US Open women’s final on record, according to TickPick, a secondary ticket website. According to ticket analytics firm TicketIQ, the average secondary market ticket price as of Monday morning was listed at $987. There were 29,402 fans in attendance for the night session — a US Open record.
Even his pre-match practice session drew thousands of fans to catch a glimpse of the legend, with queues lining up to catch a glimpse through the mesh fence.
But despite making a splash in her return to Wimbledon after a year’s absence and losing three of her four matches, Williams wasn’t ready to call it a career just yet. On Monday, wearing a figure skating-inspired outfit originally designed with six layers to represent all six of her US Open titles (but four were eventually removed due to their weight) and her diamonds in her hair, Williams strutted around the court—and eventually spun—and showed off the sparkle that has made her one of the all-time greats. In the 99-minute match, he recorded 22 wins and nine aces.
Rena Stubbs, a former player turned coach and analyst, is working with Williams in New York this week. In an interview with ABC before the match, Stubbs said Williams was nervous but still preparing for the match and the tournament with her trademark intensity.
Practices have been tough, Stubbs said Monday. “She’s practiced hard this week. She did something she had never done before—she practiced with other players. And, you know, she’s going to do her best tonight. can demonstrate.”
In addition to playing doubles with sister Venus, whom she called her “rock” on Monday, Williams will play No. 2 seed Annette Kontavet in the next round on Wednesday. Together, they have captured 14 major titles, with Wimbledon in 2016 serving as their most recent triumph. Since the French Open in 2018, they haven’t played together until this match. The pair will play against Lucie Hradika and Linda Noskova on Wednesday or Thursday.
Vance, 42, has shown no intention of retiring but has played sparingly over the past year.
Williams said she was excited to continue her run in singles but was not focused on the next match.
Williams admitted that right now, everything is a bonus for me.”I mean, I believe that every opponent is hard.” I witnessed it during the summer. The next one is considerably more difficult. ” It’s advantageous that I was able to complete it. I don’t know, I’m not even thinking about it. I’m just thinking about this moment. I think for me. It’s good to just be in it. The moment is now. “
Asked if this would be her last tournament, Williams replied with a knowing smile: “Yeah, I’ve been pretty vague about it, right?”
I’m going to leave it open-ended because you never know, she said.
US Open 2022: Serena Williams’ victory in the opening round attracts the spotlight
The 2022 US Open has a little bit of everything, but Serena Williams’ first round of the US Open was certainly a spectacular event.
On August 9, in a first-person essay for Vogue, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion announced her plans to retire from tennis after the US Open. Thrilled just to live
It’s the most difficult thing I can fathom, Williams said. I’m ready to go on, even though I don’t want it to end.
Now the likely final stop of his farewell tour is packed with notable fans. For nearly her entire storied career, Serena has been the biggest draw in tennis, and as that career has evolved, she remains the hottest ticket in the game.
Anna Wintour, Spike Lee, Bill Clinton, and more were among the famous spectators watching the first-round match against Danka Kovink. Williams’ family, including her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and her daughter Olympia, were on hand to watch her play. Olympia wore a sparkling dress reminiscent of her mother’s on-court attire, and her hair was braided in pearls that harked back to Serena’s look at the start of her career.
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