Serena Williams manages to win her opening round at the US Open.
Serena Williams (40) fought bravely in her black glitter dress, received constant cheering from her numerous fans and celebrities in the stands – and actually celebrated a victory on the big stage.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has earned at least one more farewell performance at the US Open. In their first round match, Williams prevailed 6:3, 6:3 against Danka Kovinic (27) from Montenegro.
Ex-President and celebrities see Serena win
Before the tournament started, almost everything revolved around the six-time US Open champion, who entered the field in a self-designed dress and diamond-studded shoes and was loudly cheered in the packed Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former US President Bill Clinton (76), actor Hugh Jackman (53) and ex-boxer Mike Tyson (56) were also among the spectators who saw Williams’ victory.
In theory, the American, who was much quicker on her feet than she was last, still has the chance to catch up with Margaret Court (24 major wins), but the way there is incredibly long. And her next opponent is world number two Anett Kontaveit (26) from Estonia.
Williams announces retirement
Williams announced in Vogue magazine in early August that the countdown to the end of her career was on, without publicly setting an exact date. However, there are many indications that New York is their last tournament. Williams is also still represented in the doubles competition with her older sister Venus (42).
She was paid homage to by icons of the sport and also by the younger generation before the first serve. Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka (24) said that Williams is “the greatest thing that will ever happen in this sport”.