For Serena Williams, who has played more than 1,000 singles matches during her illustrious tennis career, her first match against Annette Contarvate, currently the No. 2 female player in the world, will undoubtedly be her last. There is a possibility.
It could also be a big step towards one last magical run at the US Open. Perhaps his six-time winner at Flushing Meadows and his 23-time Grand Slam champion might end up vying to match Margaret on his court. Hmm. The elusive all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles before she headed into her expected retirement.
“At the moment, honestly, I feel like everything is a bonus. After beating Danka Kobinic in straight sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the night to improve to an astonishing 857-154 in 1,011 singles matches, he said, “I’ve got this under my belt.” I’m glad I was able to.
“But I’m just thinking about this moment. I just want to live in the moment.”
Venus Williams said she was unable to attend her sister’s latest NYC moment as she prepared for it “early morning” on Tuesday. Suffering an afternoon loss in straight sets to Belgium’s Alison van Uytbank, Venus, 42, sidestepped questions about her own eventual retirement, referring to her sisters, who will compete in the women’s doubles starting Thursday. , the elder Williams claimed to be staying away from Serena’s decision to “evolve” from the sport her brothers revolutionized.
“I think she’s had time to process it. She’s doing it on her own terms,” said Venus Williams. is to do
“We have a lot of influence over each other and I have a lot of influence over her. For me, my role is to try not to influence her, and this decision is all about it.” I felt like it had to belong to her and her family…I think that’s my role and it’s definitely to support everyone else in my family.
Kontaveit, who has only made it past the fourth round in 29 Grand Slam tournaments since 2014, crossed the net Wednesday night looking to ruin his retirement party. world) or Evgenia Rodina in the third round (67th).
“I’m really excited. I was really rooting for her to win. [Monday]’ said Kontaveit, the highest-ranked player of all time from Estonia. “She never played her, so this is your last chance. Better late than never.
“But yeah, I’m really excited. I enjoy it.”
When asked what his fondest memory he learned from watching Serena grow up, Kontaveit, 26, said: “I remember her always fighting, always doing fist pumps and being so enthusiastic on the court. I think there is, it’s great, the game is very competitive, she’s always there, she always fights, she always gives 100 percent.”
The buzz around Monday’s victory and Wednesday’s second round match was inevitable throughout the women’s press conference on Tuesday. No. 1 seed Eiga Swiertek didn’t face either Williams or Kontaveit until the final, but was among the 12 questions posed to her in the first round after beating Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-0. Nine were about two players.
“I can’t imagine what [Williams] There’s this kind of vibe around her, you have to feel like you just finished — I know she’s doing tournaments, but I feel [Monday] It seemed like she did a lot of work to show people appreciate what she did, which is pretty amazing,” Swiatek said. “I have never seen anything like it.
“It certainly seemed like the first round of the most popular slam ever.”
Imagine the reaction if Williams were able to pull off another victory in the second round against a more challenging opponent.