The 40-year-old Tennis legend won 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in front of a star studded loud crowd at a full Arthur Ashe Stadium. However, it took Serena two hours and 27 minutes to secure the victory on Wednesday night, 31st August 2022.
After the game, surely echoing the thoughts of every one of the people paying any attention, Serena said,
“I’m just Serena. After I lost the second set, I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness, I better give my best effort because this could be it.
‘I’m loving this crowd, it’s fantastic, there’s still a little left in me,’ she said. ‘I love a challenge and rising to the challenge. The last two matches it has really come together. After I lost the second set I thought I had to give my best effort.
“I’m super competitive. Honestly, I’m just looking at it as a bonus. I don’t have anything to prove,” she said, which certainly is true.
“I never get to play like this — since ’98, really. Literally, I’ve had an ‘X’ on my back since ’99,” the year she claimed her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open at age 17.
Gold legend, Tiger Woods, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, actress and singer Zendaya, Serena sister and former world No.1, Venus Williams were among those who came to pay homage.
Former heavy weight champion, Mike Tyson was seen alongside tennis legend, Martina Navratilova (right)
The six-time champion will play for a spot in the fourth round on Friday, September 2. Her opponent will be Ajla Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian.