The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has left an indelible mark on all sports, not just tennis.
7-5 6-7(4) Tomljanovic’s 6-1 win will advance him to the Round of 16 for the first time at the US Open.
In an on-court interview with ESPN after the game, Williams was asked if he would reconsider his evolution away from tennis.
“I don’t think so, but you never know,” she said.
In an interview filled with happy tears, she thanked her parents and said she was very grateful to them for starting everything.
And she credited her older sister, Venus Williams.
“Without Venus, I wouldn’t be Serena,” she said. “She’s the only reason Serena Williams existed.”
“I’m just Serena,” she said bluntly. This quote will undoubtedly go down as one of the most memorable quotes in sports.
The ability to find different gears and dig deeper into the toughest moments has provided the foundation for more than two decades of sustained success in Williams’ Tour.
She showed the same tenacity and tenacity on Friday that 46th-ranked Tomljanovic is at the top.
Widely considered the greatest women’s tennis player and arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, Williams fought for five match points and ended the match with a shot into the net.
Given her form going into the US Open, it was reasonable to assume that Williams’ opening match against Danka Kovinic would be little more than an emotional farewell. From 23-time Grand Slam champion tennis.
But Williams, who is “just Serena,” played her best tennis of the season, outlasting Kovinic and extending her final dance in New York by a few days.
Next came Kontaveit, the No. 2 player in the world and one of the toughest players on the tour. The Estonian offered a much tougher test than Kovinic, with Williams definitely coming into the match as a pretty underdog.
Indeed, after two glorious years at the top, will Williams’ career end here? Of course not. After all, she is just Serena.
With a three-set victory over Kontavate, Williams took her tennis to a level many thought she might never reach again. She seems to be back with her much-feared accuracy and power on her serve, as well as her speed on the court.
Tomljanovic has a career-high ranking of No. 38 this season and has notable success in 2022, including a quarterfinal at Wimbledon and the recent Cincinnati Open.
Her unforced error on Friday was 30 to Williams’ 51, so it was steady.