Serena Williams has had the ability to transcend tennis, enchanting millions in all corners of the world. His first round match at the US Open 2022 against Danka Kovinic set a new record. In fact, 29,402 people walked through the doors of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to attend Monday night’s session.
41,930 spectators had paid the ticket for the day, another historical fact that attests to the incessant growth of the tournament. But not only. By beating Anett Kontaveit in three sets in the second round of the New York Slam, Serena became the first player over the age of 40 to beat a top 3 player in the world.
Despite the pain, Greg Rusedski understands Serena Williams’ decision: «She has had a career of more than twenty years, she can’t go on forever. Serena is by far the best of them all. She took women’s tennis to another level with her sister Venus.
Even those who know absolutely nothing about tennis know Serena Williams.»
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Mats Wilander added: «Serena pushed the boundaries of the sport and brought tennis into the living room of people who were not used to watching tennis.
We all regret not seeing her around here anymore, but we can only wish her the best. Williams has not only shown that she is one of the greatest athletes of all time, but she has also flaunted her humanity.” However, Serena Williams’ incredible career is almost at an end.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who will also play doubles at the US Open with her sister Venus, decided the time was right to pursue other projects. The former WTA No.1 has struggled to play consistently for the past two seasons, thanks to a long series of physical problems.
She said: «It’s never easy to leave something you love madly. I love tennis. There comes a time in life when we have to take a different direction. I’m sure the future holds great things for me.»