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Serena Williams defeats Danka Kovinic to extend her New York farewell

US Open 2022
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York 
Dates: 29 August-11 September

On a fun night in New York full of hope and excitement, Serena Williams prolonged her US Open farewell with a tough opening victory. Williams defeated Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, winning 6-3, 6-3, and announcing her retirement after the tournament.

A nearly full 25,000-person Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd yelled at their hero, who reacted with trademark tenacity.On Wednesday, Williams, 40, will face Anett Kontaveit, the second-seeded Estonian.

In addition to participating in the doubles with her older sister Venus, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who is one short of Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record, is extending what she hopes would be a protracted farewell this fortnight.

There was a huge cheer as she converted the first of three match points to ensure that her singles career was still alive after taking on Kovinic, who was ranked 80th in the world.

When Kovinic’s backhand return hit the net, Williams leaped to her feet. She then spun ecstatically in the middle of the court before returning to her seat to take it all in and blowing kisses to her adoring supporters.

She stated of how events like this effect her plans: “It’s still really hard since I love being outside so much.”

I feel like I can fit in more in this world as I compete in more competitions. It’s difficult to feel that way and to know that the more you put it into practise, the more you’ll shine, she said. But I need to advance to the next thing; it’s time, you know. There are a lot of other things I want to accomplish, so I think it’s crucial, she added.

Kovinic had already entered the courtroom, leaving her with a protracted—and undoubtedly anxious—wait next to her chair.

In a video that was made public earlier on Monday, director Spike Lee referred to Williams as his “little sister,” while Vogue editor Anna Wintour, another close friend, sat in a box behind the player’s family to watch the coin toss.

The stadium cameras also captured images of boxer Mike Tyson, Gladys Knight, former US President Bill Clinton, and model Bella Hadid.

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