Serena Williams’ farewell tour has continued as she won her last match at the US Open in New York, delaying her retirement yet again.
Williams, who has won the event six times, defeated second seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in three thrilling sets on Wednesday night.
Her latest victory came two days after she defeated Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Monday night as Williams, one of the greatest players of all time, tried to go out in style.
“I love this crowd, it’s really fantastic, there’s still something in me so we’ll see,” she said after the game.
“I’m a pretty good player, that’s what I do best and I love to take on a challenge,” she added. “I have nothing to lose, nothing to prove. It’s kind of fun.”
The 40-year-old tennis legend has won 23 major titles in her illustrious career, one just short of Margaret Court’s record, and has announced she will be “evolving away from tennis” after a 27-year professional career.
She hasn’t won a US Open championship since 2014 – her third straight.
Williams showed old magic as she clinched victory in front of a partisan crowd in Queens, winning the first set 7-6 in the tiebreak.
The match was played in front of William’s husband Alexis Ohanian and daughter Olympia, as well as celebrities including Tiger Woods, actress Zendaya, Anna Wintour and models Bella and Gigi Hadid.
Woods punched the air with emotion and the crowd erupted as she served an ace to set the first set tiebreak (7-4) in style.
But her opponent roared back in set number two, calming the crowd and overwhelming Williams to win it 6-2, winning it with an ace of her own for emphasis.
Serena won her opening game of the third set and then immediately broke her opponent on the third point of advantage, bringing the crowd back to life.
Kontaveit immediately broke back to get it back before Williams broke her opponent’s serve again.
The tennis champion, who has only played six games this year, has rolled back the years in which he hit a series of big shots to win the final set 6-2, to great celebrations in the stands.
Venus and Serena Williams play doubles together for the first time since 2014 at the US Open on Thursday, where they face Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova in the first round of the competition.
Serena will then return to singles action on Friday night.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/serena-williams-us-open-win-b2157164.html US Open 2022: Serena Williams last match win in New York to delay retirement again