Serena Williams vs Danka Kovinic: US Open tennis 2022 – live! – The Guardian

Key events

*William 2-0 Kovinic (* indicates next server)

The Montenegrin challenger rips a nice forehand winner, then continues the parade of double faults. An unforced error makes it 15-30, she finds her serve to go up 40-30. Serena fights back with a drop shot almost as stylish as her outfit.

After scoring another point, a wild rally envelops the set. Serena fights forward to reach a ball that has come off the net string, then deftly returns both a hard drive and a lob to get the break.

Serena Williams warms up in front of a big screen welcoming her to the court.
Serena Williams warms up in front of a big screen welcoming her to the court. Photo: Charles Krupa/AP

Williams 1-0 Kovinic* (* indicates next server)

Serena throws off her jacket, which must have cost more than a typical journalist’s entire wardrobe, and gets to work. Her first serve looks solid, but Kovinić returns well and forces a short baseline rally before losing the point.

But then the nerves or the rust seizes. Serena doubles once, sending one wide and one into the net. After a third straight foul, she exhales deeply but doubles down again. A fifth straight foul follows. The next one goes in, but Serena fires wide after a short rally to give Kovinić two break points.

And then the real thing Serena Williams appears A strong rally makes it 30-40. Then an ace. Then another.

She gets a little lucky in the last point, with a shot clipping the top of the net cord and Kovinić missing a golden opportunity to turn the game back to deuce, dropping her return into the net.

Meanwhile, that of Colombia Daniel Elahi Galan took the first series 6-0 against a fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipaswho tied a beautiful bow on an occasion with a double guilt.

Serena wins!

… the coin toss. She will serve first.

Serena is finally on the court. We think Danka Kovinić is there too.

Ah, here we go.

The Greatest Coin Toss in the History of Tennis happening now Or at least the only one with Spike Lee in attendance.

“Is this the biggest first-round match we’ve ever seen on this court?” asks Chris Hockman on Twitter?

It is certainly the only one that was preceded by a Ukrainian choir singing in two languages ​​to honor Arthur Ashe.

I would complain more about the fact that we haven’t seen Serena on the court yet, but this is an exciting performance. The crowd, rather than murmuring and waiting for the star of the evening, gives a nice roar before they finish.

In typical American sports fashion, the match is actually no starting at 7 pm ET because we need to spice things up a bit more. Fans are still getting in too – Arthur Ashe Stadium is only half full. Serena’s matches often don’t last very long, so please tell people to get their ice cream later.

Speaking of ice cream, it’s 81 degrees Fahrenheit with 68% humidity. But Serena, ever the fashion icon, will wear a long-sleeved black suit. For the shoes, we do a first citation from Footwear News. She won’t be wearing diamonds on the soles of her shoes, which would suit New Yorker Paul Simon’s song, but she will be wearing them elsewhere on her feet.

We are now receiving player submissions. Will this start before dark?

These sparkly shoes are what Serena Williams wore in practice.
These sparkling shoes are worn by Serena Williams practice. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Who is the opponent?

Thanks Kovinić comes from Montenegro. She is 27 years old. She is ranked 80th in the world, down from a career high of 46th … six years ago. She has no career singles. But this is her best year in the majorsreaching the third round in Australia and at Roland Garros.

The strangest thing – despite her many years as a professional, she has never faced Serena Williams.

Is this the first time photographers flock to a Danka Kovinić practice session?
Is this the first time photographers flock to a Thanks Kovinić practice session? Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The venue

This court could not be more suitable for a trailblazer like Serena. It’s Arthur Ashe Court, named after a barrier-breaking Black tennis player, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis A center named after the woman who launched women’s tennis to new heights.

Serena has won this event six times. She has 23 major titles. That is one less than the record held by Margaret Court, but any consideration that Court is before Serena in the GOAT (Greatest of all Tennis, er, Time) conversation cannot be taken seriously. Serena (we’ll use the first name partly because she, like Madonna or Cher, is best recognized by that name and also because her sister, Venus Williamsis also in the stratosphere of the sport’s all-time best) spent a few decades simply running people off the court.

And yet … this championship has eluded her since she won her third straight in 2014. She melted down in 2018 against then unannounced. Naomi Osaka. She lost the next year to Bianca Andreescu.

But great players have a way of putting together one more great run. Will this be?

Good evening to everyone in the United States, good morning to those on the other side of the globe, and good afternoon to those in between.

Thank you for registering for the All-American matchup between the 10th seed Taylor Fritz and Brandon Holt. Fritz should have the edge, of course, but… what? Oh, that’s right.

Pity Fritz, Holt and fourth seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, all of whom will be playing on the showcases at the US Open in a few minutes but may also be playing in Guam. This is the Serena Williams show, with good reason. Every match here could be the last time we see a single player on her biggest stage.

Beau will be here soon, with the match will start at around 19:30 local time (9:30 AEST/12:30 BST). In the meantime, here’s some pre-match reading:

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