Serena Williams isn't expected to win the 2022 US Open, but she's the main story at the event. Williams announced the tournament would be her final one as a professional. Once she wins or gets eliminated from the event, she plans to retire.
Once that happens, it will mark the end of a career for the best player of her era, as well as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. It's impossible to overstate Williams' contributions to the game. She's won 23 Grand Slam tournaments, the most of any player, male or female, in the Open era. She's also helped grow the sport, inspiring countless professional players — many of who will participate in the 2022 US Open.
Given her illustrious career, Williams deserves a grand sendoff. We'll follow each one of her matches at the 2022 US Open as she competes for the last time.
She won her opening-round match in a dominant fashion on Monday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Montenegro's Danka Kovinić. Her second-round matchup on Wednesday will mark a considerably tougher task as she faces World No. 2 Anett Kontaveit.
The swan song will have to wait. Serena Williams won her US Open opener over Danka Kovinic on Monday, 6-3, 6-3 thanks in large part to a dominant service game. In the end, her defense was on point as well as she broke Kovinic with a final-game sweep to advance to the second round.
When it was done, she was all smiles as she did a little dance and performed her trademark twirl for a rabid Artur Ashe stadium crowd.
Her second-round matchup on Wednesday will mark a considerably tougher task as she faces World No. 2 Anett Kontaveit.
Another dominant service game from Serena. She sweeps another to take a 5-3 lead in the second set. She's a game away from winning the match.
Kovinic holds on to cut her second-set deficit to 4-3. Williams is up a break with a chance to secure the match in straight sets.
Serena, still in control of her serve. She's yet to be broken in the second set, which she now leads 4-2 after holding in the sixth game.
After a wild first set featuring multiple breaks, we have our first of the second. Williams set herself up with a pair of break points in the fifth game, but needed just one to take a 3-2 lead. She's moving and returning well, and her serve is on point. After winning the first set, the match is hers to lose.
Serena's in complete control of her serve. She blanked Kovinic in the fourth game to tie the second set at 2-2. She's up a set after winning the first, 6-3.
Kovinic faced break point on her second serve of the second set, but rallied to hold and take a 2-1 lead.
Williams holds on the second game to tie the first set, 1-1.
Kovinic stops the bleeding after losing four straight games in the first set. She held off two break points to take a 1-0 lead in the second.