Serena Williams – Danka Kovinic: US Open 2022 – LIVE! | 2022 US Open Tennis

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Williams 2-0 Covinich (* denotes the following server)

The Montenegrin challenger shreds a nice forehand, then continues to show off the double-faults. An inadvertent error makes it 15-30, you find that serving it goes up 40-30. Serena resists with a low-cut that’s almost as elegant as her outfit.

After winning another point, the runaway race concludes the group. Serena lunges forward to reach the ball that fell off the mesh wire, then deftly returns the hard drive and the difference to get the break.

Serena Williams prepares to warm up in front of a large screen welcoming her onto the court.
Serena Williams prepares to warm up in front of a large screen welcoming her onto the court. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP

Williams 1-0 Covinich * (* denotes the following server)

Serena takes off her jacket, which certainly costs more than the average journalist’s wardrobe, and goes to work. Her first serve looks strong, but Kovinic returns well and forces a short basic push before dropping the point.

But then it picks up nerves or rusts. Serena double errors once, sending one wide and one in the network. After a third straight foul, she exhales deeply but doubles up repeatedly. Fifth straight error follows. The next player enters, but Serena fires wide after a short walk to give Kovinich two break points.

then the actual Serena Williams He appears. Strong height makes it 30-40. Then the ace. Then another.

She was a bit lucky on the last point, with a shot that pierced the top of the netting and Kovinic missed a golden opportunity to turn the game back to the Devil, sending her back into the net.

Meanwhile, Colombia Daniel Elahi Jalan Takes the first set 6-0 against the fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipaswho tied a beautiful bow on the occasion with a double mistake.

Serena wins!

… coin toss. You will serve first.

Serena is finally on the field. We think Danka Kovinic is in there too.

Ah, here we are.

The biggest coin toss in history Tennis taking place now. Or at least the only person with Spike Lee.

“Is this the biggest first-round match we’ve ever seen at this stadium?” Requests Chris Hochman on Twitter?

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

I would resent the fact that we haven’t seen Serena yet on the court, but this is a captivating performance. The crowd, instead of grumbling and waiting for the evening star, give a gentle roar before winding up.

In typical American sports fashion, the match is actually Not Starting at 7 PM ET because we have to pay more attention to things a little bit. Fans are still applying too – Arthur Ashe Stadium is only half-full. Serena’s matches often don’t last long, so please tell people to get some ice cream later.

Speaking of ice cream, the temperature is 81 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of 68%. But Serena, the all-time fashion icon, will be wearing a black long-sleeved costume. For shoes, we make a file The first quote from shoe news. She won’t be wearing diamonds on the sole of her shoes, which matches New Yorker Paul Simon’s song, but she will wear them elsewhere on her feet.

Now we get the player introductions. Will this start before dark?

These sparkly shoes are what Serena Williams wore in practice.
These sparkly shoes are what Serena Williams wore Exercise. Photography: Elsa/Getty Images

Who is the opponent?

Danka Kovinich He hails from Montenegro. She is 27 years old. She ranked 80th in the world, falling from her career high of 46…six years ago. She does not have individual surnames. But this is it Best year in majorsAnd reached the third round in Australia and at Roland Garros.

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

Is this the first time the paparazzi have flocked to Danka Kovinić's training session?
Is this the first time that paparazzi have streamed into a file Danka Kovinich training session? Photo: Sarah Steer/Getty Images

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This court could not be more suitable for a pioneer like Serena. It’s Arthur Ashe Court, named after a black barrier-breaking tennis player, at the USTA Billie Jean King National. Tennis The 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. This is less than the record he holds Margaret Court, but any consideration that Kurt is ahead of Serena in the GOAT (Greatest Tennis, er, time) conversation can’t be taken seriously. Serena (we will use the first name in part because, like Madonna or Cher, she is better recognized by that name and also because her sister, Venus Williamshe’s also in the stratosphere of the best sports ever) He’s spent two decades kicking people off the field.

However… this tournament has eluded her since she won for the third time in a row in 2014. She fell in 2018 against the unannounced at the time. Naomi Osaka. Lost next year to Bianca Andreescu.

But great players have a way to put together another great one. Will this be?

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

Thank you for checking in to the All-USA match between the 10th seed Taylor Fritz And the Brandon Holt. Fritz should have distinction, of course, but…what? Right.

Pity Fritz, Holt and the fourth seed Stefanos TsitsipasAll of them will be playing on exhibition courts at the US Open in a few minutes, but they may be playing in Guam as well. This is the Serena Williams Show, for good reason. Every match here may be the last time we see a unique player on her biggest stage.

Beau will be here soon, with the match Scheduled to start around 7.30pm local time (9.30am AEST / 12.30am GMT). Meanwhile, here’s a little pre-game reading:

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