Serena Williams will look to extend her tennis farewell to the US Open when she faces Anett Kontaveit: Time and TV
After his emotional victory in the US Open debut, Serena Williams will face a major test against the Estonian Anet Kontaveitworld number two, who could be responsible for ending his legendary career.
Serena, 40, lived on Monday a night of tributes at Flushing Meadows (New York), with fans and celebrities filling the world’s largest court to celebrate the great American tennis icon.
Wearing a dark, diamond-encrusted gown, Serena responded to the tribute with a thrilling straight-sets win over WTA 80 Danka Kovinic. The Montenegrin, without titles to her credit, had the role of guest at a party that was not a farewell party because Serena released the claw with which she won 23 Grand Slam crowns.
“The more tournaments I play, the more I feel like I belong in this. It’s hard to leave knowing that the more you do it, the more you can shine”, he admitted after the victory and added: “But it’s time to evolve towards the next thing, there are a lot of ‘other things I want to do’.
Now the American will try to take advantage another magical night on the Arthur Ashe trail against Kontaveit, in a duel which will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT).
Anticipating the strong environmental pressure it will face, Kontaveit has made it clear she accepts the challenge of possibly being Williams’ last rival. “I really want to (play against Serena). I really wanted her to win her first match because I’ve never played against her. And this is my last chance. Better late than never,” she said. assured after beating the Romanian Jaqueline Cristian (77) in straight sets.
In turn, the Estonian, a solid tennis player but with a history of Grand Slam disappointments, said that she won’t be intimidated as she takes on ‘the greatest player ever’ pushed by the 23,800 fans who will fill the Arthur Ashe track.
“I will fight as much as I can, every moment” promised the 26-year-old tennis player, whose best Grand Slam result is the 2020 Australian Open quarter-finals. a US Open, a tournament that Serena has won six times, the first when he burst onto the world stage in 1999 at the age of 19.
“He hits the ball very hard and has a great touch which allows him to put it where he wants. I will have to be ready to receive such strong balls, especially on serve.Kontaveit recognition.
If she manages to pass the Estonian, Williams’ third-round opponent will be Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (46) or Russian Evgeniya Rodina, without a place in the standings for not having competed since January 2019.
HOUR: 23:00 GMT (20:00 ARG-URU / 19:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL / 18:00 COL-PER-ECU-MEX)
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