Tennis superstar Serena Williams took the sports world by storm Wednesday night after eliminating the No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit within the second round of the US Open. In what might have been the last skilled match of her profession, as an alternative, the 23-time major champion is advancing to the third round after an epic three-set match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
While Williams, 40, recently announced her plans to retire from tennis, she is definitely showing no major signs of slowing down, at the very least this week. On Monday night, she defeated Danka Kovinić in straight sets. And with Wednesday’s victory within the bag, she’ll have the prospect to advance to the fourth round. That match is about for Friday against Ajla Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who’s ranked forty sixth.
Present and former NBA stars were in awe of Williams’ performances within the US Open, praising the sports icon during and after the victories on social media.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 30, 2022
Not done yet @serenawilliams 🙏🏽
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 1, 2022
Never seen anything like what Serena Williams is doing!!! EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE is cheering for her and watching every moment!! I’m a fan and having fun with every minute!!! @serenawilliams 🐐🐐🐐 #USOpen2022
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 1, 2022
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) September 1, 2022
Watching Serena in person will be the best the good thing I’ve ever seen 🙌🏽
— Jalen Brunson (@jalenbrunson1) August 30, 2022
Let’s go Serena!!! I do know I’m not the just one yelling on the TV like this🤣 🐐
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) September 1, 2022
What’s within the water Bron, Serena, and TB12 drinking!? At this point I’m just curious! 🤣
— Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) September 1, 2022
Serena! Amazing! #USOpen
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) September 1, 2022