Serena Williams wants to prolong her single career for at least two more days after hitting Danka Kovinić in the first round of the US Open 2022 on Monday.
In front of a star-studded crowd at Flushing Meadows, the 23-time Grand Slam champion defeated the 27-year-old Montenegrin in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
After arriving at Arthur Ashe Stadium to much fanfare on Monday, Williams’ nerves showed early in the game. The six-time US Open champion herself committed five double faults in the opening set, but eventually found her serve to close out the opening set with two aces in the last three points.
Williams’ serving continued to drive her forward in the second set as she dominated after winning a break point to put her up 3-2. She would lose just one more game in the match before shutting down Kovinić, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance.
Earlier this month, Williams wrote a first-person essay on Fashion saying that he planned to end his tennis career in the near future after the US Open. After spending more than the past two decades on the court, Williams, who turns 41 next month, explained that he wanted to “evolve” tennis and devote more time to other endeavors, including growing his family. .
I have never liked the word retired. It doesn’t seem like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Perhaps the best word to describe what I am doing is evolution,she wrote. “I am here to tell you that I am moving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Shortly after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.”
Williams, who first burst onto the scene as a teenager with a win at the 1999 US Open, will still have a chance to add to her 73 career singles titles, 23 career doubles titles and more than $94 million in earnings. of race. She also holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era with 23, just one championship short of Margaret Court’s all-time record.
Following Monday’s win, Williams will advance to face No.2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on Wednesday.
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