US Open: Serena Williams beats the odds and qualifies for the third round

US Open: Serena Williams beats the odds and qualifies for the third round

It won’t be this time. Serena Williams seems to mischievously enjoy postponing the time of her retirement. After her victory in the first round against the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, she won again, on Wednesday, August 31, in New York, qualifying for the third round of the US Open tennis. However, she was up against a rival of a completely different caliber, Estonian Anett Kontaveit, ranked No. 2 in the world. But the 40-year-old American, who records 605me of the WTA, dominated it in three sets 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-2.

“I’m really looking forward [d’affronter Serena]. I really wanted her to win because I never faced her. And this is my last chance. Better late than never “, the 26-year-old Estonian player had thrown before the match. She was not disappointed.

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It was with a fierce desire to further extend her farewell tour to the US Open, where she won the first of her 23 Grand Slam titles in 1999, that Serena Williams stepped onto the Arthur-Ashe court. Despite the standing ovation she gave him, the emotion was less strong than on Monday and the stands were not yet completely full, but it did not take long for the atmosphere to perk up.

Opposite Spike Lee and Tiger Woods

A few minutes earlier, the same introductory video had been broadcast showing the images of his best exploits in Flushing Meadows, narrated by Queen Latifah. In her black sequined outfit and diamond-studded shoes, Serena Williams enjoyed the same full public support as she did on Monday. To the point of having to calm him down herself when the video referee showed that a Kontaveit ball had caught the line of some felt threads.

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Motivated as in her prime, Williams, who turns 41 on Sept. 26, dropped her shots. But Kontaveit is not as soft as Danka Kovinic and the Estonian managed to contain the American’s power initially, returning blow for blow. As at the end of the first set, where Williams broke, to lead 5-4 and serve to win the set without making it, Kontaveit rejoined at 5-5.

The two players reached the tie-break like this: in a stoppage that stopped at the net, Kontaveit gave Williams a mini-break. The American maintained her advantage and concluded with an ace that made anonymous and stars rise from her seat, including Spike Lee and Tiger Woods.

tremendous aggressiveness

Afterwards, Kontaveit immediately took Williams’ serve twice, to finish 3-0 in the second set with tremendous aggression. The American then stopped the bleeding by resuming one of two late serves. But Kontaveit was ready to respond to the power of the American’s shots. Until causing gestures of impotence in Williams. So much so that the Estonian continued her march forward by taking the face-off of the American for the third time in the set. And it was with an ace that Kontaveit concluded the second set.

By then, Williams seemed caught up in her own game of power and speed: Kontaveit had 29 winners in straight sets (vs. 25 from Williams), including 15 in the second set (vs. 7). But as Chris Evert warned, “do not underestimate” Serena Williams – Close to the knockout, she got up and took the fight back.

Both players hit, balls flew, and Serena broke the lead in the deciding set to lead 2-0. Before breaking hopelessly and concluding with a superb winning comeback.

“At the point I’m at, honestly, everything is a bonus. All the opponents will be very difficult to play, I realized that this summer.had previously estimated the American, whose surprise return to the Wimbledon circuit had resulted in elimination, in the first round, against the 115me world player, the French Harmony Tan.

In the next round, the American with 23 Grand Slam titles will face the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (46me). Serena Williams had announced before the start of her US Open hers next ” evolution “ far from the competition.

The world with AFP

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