Serena Williams thanked everyone who came out to show their support during her US Open first round match. On Monday night in New York, Williams kicked off her final US Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Danka Kovinic at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The match featured a sold-out crowd as the attendance of 29,402 set the new record for the highest attendance number in tournament history. «I didn’t expect any of this. [packed crowd and reception]. The crowd was crazy.
It really helped me get ahead. You know, I always have to do my best. I feel so comfortable on this court and in front of everyone here. When I go out on the court, I just want to do my best, what I can do on that particular day and that’s really all I can do,» Williams said, via Sportskeeda.
Williams on being an inspiration and a great role model
Following her first-round victory at the US Open, Williams recalled her roots and how she was able to come out of Compton and become one of the greatest athletes in the entire history of the sport.
Williams’ story is one of the most inspiring in all of sports and he hopes his story helps others believe that they can overcome all odds and succeed. «[When people hear my name] I just want people to think how hard you try.
But yes, it is very important to give it your all no matter what you do, no matter how many obstacles you face. Like, I’ve been down so many times in the public eye. I’ve had to go back and, you know, you never give up.
It sounds cliché, but that really means something. No matter what you’re going through, I just want people to be inspired by my story. I’m from Compton, California and I made it,» added Williams. Williams plays Anett Kontaveit in the second round of the US Open.