- Serena defeated Danka Kovini (6-3, 6-3) to advance to the 2nd round of the US Open 2022.
- Serena had declared that she would stop competing following the US Open 2022.
- Williams is all set to face Jaqueline Adina Cristian or the second-seeded Anett Kontaveit in the next round of the competition.
Serena Williams defeated Danka Kovini of Montenegro in straight sets in her opening round at the US Open 2022. Williams won the match 6-3, 6-3 to go to the second round of the year’s final grand slam competition. Williams’ last game of her illustrious career had drawn a sizable crowd, and the former world No. 1 delivered a solid effort to stay in the competition.
Highlights From Serena Williams Vs Danka Kovinic
Williams recently announced that she would stop competing in tennis after the US Open in 2022. Cheers from the crowd greeted her as she entered the court wearing a black outfit covered with diamonds. Despite having a shaky start to her first match, the American managed to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening set before Kovinic fought back with a break of her own to grab a 3-2 lead in the opening set. Williams won the following three games to win the opening set.
All the emotion from #SerenaWilliams inside Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight. pic.twitter.com/GvMPzdviiC— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2022
Serena’s smashes from the back of the court helped her get a break at 3-2 in the second set, which was once more a close match. The American took a 5-3 lead after a love service game and went on to win the set and the match, letting out a scream as she did so.
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Serena twirls for another night 💃 pic.twitter.com/b7xDfQKIzj— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2022
Billie Jean King gave Serena Williams some wise words after she won the first round, but she also got a big surprise from the crowd when King revealed that they had something special in store for the 23-time grand slam singles champion. The 24,000 spectators in the stands raised coloured cards in unison, most of which were blue when King signalled for the crowd gathering at centre court to make the big reveal. “We Love Serena” was written by those dressed in white. Williams reacted by twirling and grinning broadly. On Wednesday, Williams will return to competition in the US Open second round, where she will play Jaqueline Adina Cristian or the second-seeded Anett Kontaveit.