Serena Williams beat the odds and advanced to the third round

It is not for this moment. Serena Williams seems happy to postpone retirement. After his victory in the first round against Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, he won again, Wednesday August 31, in New York, qualifying for the third round of the US Open tennis. However, she faces an opponent of a very different caliber, the Estonian Anett Kontaveit, world number 2. But the 40-year-old American, who clocked 605e WTA ranking, dominated it in three sets 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-2.

“I’m really looking forward to it [d’affronter Serena]. I really wanted him to win because I never faced him. And this is my last chance. Better late than never”, launched the 26-year-old Estonian player before the match. He was not disappointed.

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With a fierce desire to extend her farewell tour of the US Open, where she won the first of her 23 Grand Slam titles in 1999, Serena Williams entered the Arthur-Ashe court. . Despite the great ovation reserved for him, the emotion was not as strong as on Monday and the stands were not completely filled, but the atmosphere quickly revived.

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A few minutes later the same introductory video was broadcast showing images of her best exploits in Flushing Meadows, narrated by Queen Latifah. In her black dress, diamonds adorning her shoes, Serena Williams enjoyed the same public support as Monday. At the point he had to calm himself down when the video refereeing showed that a ball from Kontaveit had caught the line with some felt threads.

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As motivated as his prime, Williams, who will turn 41 on September 26, is dropping his shots. But Kontaveit was not as smooth as Danka Kovinic and the Estonian was initially able to contain the American’s power, returning punch for punch. At the end of the first set, in which Williams broke, to lead 5-4 and serve to win the set without success, Kontaveit broke again at 5-5.

The two players thus reached the tie-break: with a cushioning stop at the net, Kontaveit gave a mini-break to Williams. The American maintained his advantage and ended with an ace that made the rising from their chair unrecognizable and stars, where Spike Lee and Tiger Woods.

Extreme aggression

In the finish, Kontaveit immediately seized Williams’ serve twice, to take 3-0 in the second set with fierce aggression. The American stopped the bleeding by holding one of two late serves. But Kontaveit was ready to respond to the force of the American’s shots. As far as causing motions of impotence in Williams. So the Estonian continued his march forward by taking the face off the American for the third time in the set. And with an ace Kontaveit ended the second set.

At the time, Williams seemed caught up in her own power and speed game: Kontaveit had 29 winners in straight sets (vs Williams’s 25), including 15 in the second set (vs 7). But as Chris Evert warns, “don’t underestimate” Serena Williams: almost knocked out, she got up and continued the fight.

Both players hit, the balls flew, and Serena broke the lead in the deciding set to take a 2-0 lead. Before the irrevocable separation and ended with a great triumphant return.

“At the point I’m at, honestly, everything is a bonus. Every opponent will be very difficult to play, I know this summer.estimated, earlier, the American, whose surprise return to the Wimbledon circuit resulted in elimination, in the first round, against 115e world player, the Frenchwoman Harmony Tan.

In the next round, the American with 23 Grand Slam titles will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (46e). Serena Williams announced before the start of the US Open her next “evolution” away from the competition.

The World with AFP

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