23-time Major champion Serena Williams is preparing for her final event of her career at home in New York. The veteran will compete in her 21st US Open and decides to retire from her beloved tournament, where she made her debut in 1998 when she was 16!
Serena won her last major trophy at the 2017 Australian Open, beating her sister Venus in the title shot and taking a break from tennis to become pregnant. Williams returned in spring 2018 and reached four major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open over the next 15 months.
Serena lost her to much younger opponents and missed a chance to add the 24th Major trophy to her tally. Williams has played just nine tournaments since the start of 2021, reaching two semifinals in Melbourne last year and not repeating the same in subsequent events.
Williams decided to end her glorious career and she still wants to give 120% at the US Open where it all started for her in 1999. Serena arrived at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday, training with Maria Sakkari and working on their game ahead of the first-round clash.
Serena Williams started her US Open preparations at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Serena suffered an injury at Wimbledon last year and stayed off the pitch for almost a year. The American surprised everyone when she signed for Eastbourne this June before joining another Wimbledon campaign.
Serena suffered a tough 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 loss to Harmony Tan in the first round, missing her chances and suffering an early loss. Williams came to Toronto and faced Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the first game. The American achieved a 6-3, 6-4 triumph in an hour and 57 minutes for her first win in 430 days!
Serena grabbed three breaks and defended seven out of eight break chances to emerge at the front. Williams faced Belinda Bencic in the second round and suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss. Belinda got an early break in the opening set and missed further chances at 3:1.
The Swiss got her second break in the seventh game and secured the fifth set point in the next game with her serve to make it 6:2. Serena raised her level in the second set and there was nothing separating them in the first six games.
Belinda scored the crucial break 3-3 and served well in the remaining games to seal the deal and show Serena the exit door. In their last meeting before the US Open, Williams suffered a heavy 6-4, 6-0 loss to Emma Raducanu in Cincinnati in just over an hour.
The youngster built an early lead in the opening set and held it 6-4. Emma was the only player on the court in set number two, delivering one of Serena’s rare bagels and advancing to the second round.