Serena Williams Aug 29, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA after beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on day one of the 2022 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Monday marked the beginning of the US Open for Serena Williams, who had previously announced that she’ll retire at the end of the tournament to focus on her family. And Serena’s illustrious career will last at least one more match.

The 40-year-old Williams staved off retirement in Monday’s match against Danka Kovinić, defeating her in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

In a packed house at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, every member in the crowd was in support of Williams, including some high-profile guests like former President Bill Clinton, Mike Tyson and Billie Jean King.

Many on social media reacted to Williams dominating win, including a few wondering why Tyson was sitting next to tennis legend Martina Navratilova (and her dog).

When speaking to Gayle King on the court after her victory, Williams said she was just do the best she can out there, citing her comfort level with the environment.

“I always got to do the best that I can. I feel so comfortable on this court and in front of everyone here. When I step out onto the court, I just want to do the best that I can do on that particular day,” she said. “That’s really all I can do.”

Her win comes only a few months after the 23-time major champion lost in the first round at Wimbeldon to Harmony Tan in a major upset.

Although tonight was a historic night for tennis’ greatest player ever, Williams will have a tough task ahead of her against the No. 2-seeded Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday.

[US Open Tennis, Philip Lewis]

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