Serena Williams has fun

It is still not convenient to bet against Serena WilliamsNot even at this point. About to turn 41, without any greats in his almost unmatched resume of 23 since he conquered Australia in 2017 and with the decision announced at the beginning of August that he is going to “evolve” out of tennis, everything in this edition of the US Open has been considered as a farewell, but some have done it too early.

It happened on Monday, when the organization held a tribute ceremony that was held even though Williams had beaten Danka Kovinic, his first-round opponent. And he has happened again this Wednesday. Because many thought that Williams could not handle Anett Kontaveit, the number 2 of the world, a 26-year-old tennis player who was not even born when Williams debuted on the professional circuit. But Williams could.

A level thriller

unfolded a play who returned the memory of more glorious times and retrieved a level that lately he was not seen on the slopes. And although after winning the first set in the tie break with a direct serve he gave up the second and needed to reach the third, he beat the Estonian in a intense quality match. The meeting, better than many that have been seen in more advanced rounds in recent majors, was experienced as a thriller in the Arthur Ashe, filled again hhoist the flagwith a public delivered without concessions to the American, in whose box I was sitting Tiger Woods.

The 7-6 (7-4), 2-6 and 6-2 show that Serena still there is fire inside. And her reactions in the interview on the track to a couple of questions from Mary Joe Fernández also recalled a part of what Serena has done to Serena. When Fernández asked her how she had beaten number two, she replied with a smile: “I’m a pretty good player. This is what I do best. I love challenges, grow before them & rdquor ;. And when the former tennis player asked if she had been surprised at the level of her Williams, she reacted with an almost mocking gesture. “I’m just SerenaYou know? & rdquor ;, he said laughing.

Enjoy the moment

Williams also delved into the track and then in his press conference how he lives this moment. He explained that he experiences everything “as an extra & rdquor ;. He assured that it is “having fun” and that, in addition to concentrating and trying to give his best in each match, what he wants is “enjoy the moment”.

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It is felt, moreover, in a part, releasedwith a feeling I haven’t felt since 1998, the last year before opening precisely in New York his triumphant career in the Grand Slam. “For the first time since then I don’t have to winr. And I do not have nothing to lose”.

On the near horizon of Flushing Meadows, in any case, follows the potential of its 24 bigthe one with would equal the record that Margaret Court established before the Open Era. But there is still a way to achieve that dream. At the moment the Fridayafter playing a doubles match this Thursday with her sister Venus, She will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round.


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