US Open: Williams roars and n’en a pas finish

US Open: Williams roars and n’en a pas finish

Everything was planned to bid her a farewell worthy of the immense champion that she is, but Serena Williams did not hear it that way and roared again Monday at the US Open, where she qualified for the 2nd round of his probable last tournament.

“I always do my best. And here, I feel good. The public was crazy and really helped me”, she commented before leaving the Arthur-Ashe court where she had just beaten the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (80th in the world) 6-3, 6-3.

Before the match, the organizers had planned a little staging: his entrance on the court was preceded by an animation with images of his New York successes projected on the giant screens, with a commentary repeating insistently “queen” (the Queen).

Once again announced as such, she entered the court dressed in a black outfit accented with diamonds, her hair styled in a lioness mane, and provoked a deafening ovation from the standing public.

In the stands, her daughter Olympia dressed like her, and her husband Alexis Ohanian, founder of the social network Reddit, but also stars like Mike Tyson, Martina Navratilova, Lindsey Vonn and Spike Lee.

After the match, speakers, including the legendary Billy Jean King, also weaved laurels to the player. As if it had been planned to bring back definitively and with honors the player considered the greatest of all time and who won in New York in 1999 the first of her 23 Grand Slam titles.

– Record d’affluence –

But between the two, nothing happened as the organizers had feared: Queen Serena won on the strength of her powerful serve and with the unconditional, even unsportsmanlike support – as when he applauded the faults of Kovinic–, of the public who came in large numbers.

The organizers thus recorded a record number of 29,402 spectators for the night session alone, including nearly 24,000 on the central.

Eliminated in the first round at Wimbledon where she had made a surprise return this summer after a year of absence, Serena Williams therefore offered herself an extra dance in New York.

And if she did not reconsider her decision to retire soon, a term which she replaces with “evolution”, announced at the beginning of August, she nevertheless took pleasure in maintaining doubt about the moment she would choose.

“I remained quite vague on this subject, didn’t I? I will remain so because you never know,” she said after her victory.

– Tsitsipas and Halep on the way –

Before this long-awaited match, the world No.1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev made his entry with a clear victory against the American Stefan Kozlov (111th) 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

“In juniors he was unplayable. I’m two years older than him, an age difference normally insurmountable in juniors, but he crushed me. I’m happy to have taken my revenge”, commented the 26 year old Russian.

On the contrary, Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) was immediately taken out by the Colombian from qualifying Daniel Galan (94th).

The Greek, who seemed embarrassed in his right arm, had a nightmarish start to the match: he had to wait 53 minutes and be trailing 6-0, 5-0 to win his first game.

“I’m super happy!”, Launched Galan, who was playing his very first match in the main draw of the American Major.

“When he started to play better, I became more nervous myself. But I managed to regain my composure and, even though I lost the third set, I felt that I was playing better and better,” said the Colombian.

The women’s draw also had its first surprise with the elimination of Simona Halep (7th) who remained on a victory at the WTA 1000 in Toronto but who was beaten 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 by the Ukrainian Daria Snigur (124th in the world).


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