Soon-to-retire Serena Williams cock-a-hoop after her Round Two win over World No.2 Anett Kontaveit
Serena Williams returns to Anett Kontaveit at New York on Wednesday. Pic/Getty Images
Serena Williams insisted that she feels “like I’ve already won” the US Open after dramatically extending her iconic career with a never-say-die, three-set victory over World No.2 Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam title-winner triumphed 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-2 in front of a raucous, partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium Court crowd to reach the third round of a tournament she has won six times. Having declared that she was already “evolving away from tennis” after a 27-year career, Williams’s force of will ensured that the retirement party was put on hold for a little longer. “I just feel like I have had a big red X on my back since I won the US Open in ‘99. It’s been there my entire career, because I won my first Grand Slam early,” said Williams.
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‘It’s pretty awesome’
“But here it’s different. I feel like I’ve already won, figuratively, mentally. It’s just pretty awesome the things that I’ve done.” Williams first played the US Open in 1998 and won her first major at the tournament a year later when she was just 17. But this US Open is widely expected to be the last of her career which has brought 73 titles as well as a personal fortune estimated at $250 million. “There’s no rush,” said Serena on court when reminded that she had declared herself to be in the closing stages of her career. “There’s still a little left in me so we’ll see. I’m a pretty good player. I love a challenge.
“I’m just Serena, you know. I don’t have anything to prove. I have absolutely nothing to lose.”
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