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Serena Williams has won the first match of her last US Open

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Serena Williams won her first match on Monday night in what is expected to be her last US Open.

Williams defeated Danka Kovinic 6–3, 6–3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York City – the site of Williams’ first US Open victory in 1999, when she was 17 years old.

Recently, Williams, presently 40, declared her arrangements to resign from tennis following a decades-in length vocation in which she overwhelmed and changed the ladies’ down This includes 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

“Keep supporting me as long as I’m here,” Williams said after the match.

“With her solid serve and return of serve and genuineness, she really put the standard for the women’s down,” NPR’s Tom Goldman told Morning Edition.

“The story of his early years in Campton, California, with sister Venus, under the tutelage of his father, ‘King Richard,’ now of film fame, all became part of his story and that of other young people of color. Paths became. Leveled. To further a traditionally white game,” Goldman said. “And it also brought more people of color into the stands to watch.”

As she prepared to take the court Monday, Williams received tributes from fellow athletes and fans, including a spot on the cover of Time magazine.

Williams has six U.S. Won the Open Singles Championship, which was last held in 2014. On paper, that Monday night’s U.S. Is a heavy favorite in Open first-round matches, with a 20-0 record, without dropping a set since 2001.

But Williams is currently ranked 605th in singles, having recently returned to play after struggling with injuries. His adversary, 27-year-old Kovinic from Montenegro, is positioned 80th.

Williams has played in just four matches this year, and won just one, Meadowark Media sports commentator Howard Bryant told Weekend Edition.

“He’s really, probably the underdog to win the US Open for the first time in his life,” Bryant said. “But boy, what a magical fairy tale if she can come to New York and do some magic.”

In the wake of resigning from tennis, Williams will proceed with her spearheading ways and spotlight on developing the funding firm she established quite a while back.

Staff writer Ayana Archie contributed to this report.

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