Tennis legend Serena Williams won the first-round match at the US Open, which could be the final tournament of her career. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion defeated Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.
Serena Williams went head to head with Danka Kovinic and a large crowd turned up in record numbers to witness what could be her final match. The session drew in a crowd of 23,000 to the tournament.
Williams’ entrance was preceded by a tribute video narrated by Queen Latifah. The arena announced described her as “the greatest of all time” and said, “This US Open marks the final chapter of her storied tennis history”.
Serena Williams US Open 2022
Initially, Williams went up 2-0 but after double-faults and missed opportunities, Williams trailed behind at 3-2. However, Williams came out on top and defeated Kovinic with 6-3, 6-3. Williams won the match and celebrated her victory with her trademark cry of “Come on!” Those in attendance gave her a standing ovation and celebrated Williams’ win.
Williams will play in the second round of singles on Wednesday against Anett Kontveit of Estonia.
Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams are also competing in the US Open doubles and their initial match is set to take place on Wednesday or Thursday.
Williams announced earlier this month that she was retiring from professional tennis to focus on her family. Williams said in the cover story in Vogue that said she did not want to choose between her career and family. She plans to focus on growing her family and her venture capital firm Serena Ventures.
Williams’ was asked whether the US Open would be her final tournament, to which she replied, “Yeah, I’ve been pretty vague about it, right?” She added, “I’m going to stay vague because you never know.”
During the ceremony after her victory, she said, “There’s other chapters in life” but did not confirm that she would retire after the US Open.