Williams started off her goodbye visit at Flushing Meadows by beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 6-3, 6-3. She will confront Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, the No. 2 seed, in the subsequent round.
After Serena Williams crushed Danka Kovinic in the main round of the U.S. Open on Monday night, the competition coordinators carried out a blue floor covering on Arthur Ashe Stadium for an exceptional recognition for Williams, facilitated by the CBS columnist Gayle King.
This success came only half a month after she reported that she wanted to move back from tennis after the U.S. Open to zero in on having another youngster and on her financial matters, however she was not timid about showing irresoluteness about her choice.
Accepting she completely finishes her arrangements to quit playing, Monday night's success spells almost certain doom for perhaps of the best and persuasive profession in sports history will not show up until the second round of the U.S. Open, or significantly later.
Williams will have a harder test Wednesday against No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, whom she has never confronted. Be that as it may, Kontaveit has battled of late, particularly after a session with Covid prior in the year.
All through the match, and particularly in the last games as Williams demolished across the line, there were looks at the power and physicality that had made Williams a limit breaking force that changed both her game and ladies' physicality.
It might have recently been another first-round match that, assuming she had lost it, would have astonished not many. Nobody had expected much from Williams coming into this competition.
Williams has gotten through a 27-year exciting ride loaded up with extended lengths of close to strength as well as injury-tormented years that caused it to seem like this night could have happened some time in the past.