Only a few hours to go until the official start of the US Open 2022, the long-awaited end of season tournament. This will be the last time to see a legend of the caliber of Serena Williams at work. The historic American champion has in fact announced that this will be her last tournament and there is great expectation to know how far the stars and stripes tennis player will go.
So far we can say that the scoreboard for Serena (non-seeded tennis player) has been quite unfortunate. Serena Williams will debut against Danka Kovinic in a challenge that is not easy but in the second round she awaits the number 2 seeded of the tournament, the Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
In the second round there is a risk of ending the career of the American champion (at least on paper), who, in case of victory, will catch one of our Martina Trevisan and Ajla Tomljanovic, two main tennis players on this side of the board.
In the Round of 16 possible challenge against a top, one between last year's finalist Leylah Fernandez or Barbora Krejcjkova. Besides Serena there are also many Italian tennis players in the draw and for some the draw was really tough.
Quite prohibitive situation for Jasmine Paolini who will face the world number one Jasmine Paolini in the first round. On the same side of the board there is also Lucia Bronzetti. The blue will face Lauren Davis in the first round, then the Russian Alexandrova and eventually she too would end up in the crosshairs of Iga Swiatek.
Bondar will be the first opponent in the tournament of our Camila Giorgi, who, in case of victory, should face the American Madison Keys.
Isner talks about Serena Williams
In a video on Tennis Channel, John Isner stated that while the sport will sorely miss Serena Williams' presence, her popularity will not go down post-retirement.
"I think tennis is going to miss Serena's presence sorely. But the good thing about Serena I think is she will always be around. She's an incredible athlete and will be every bit as popular when she's done with tennis as she ever was when she was playing," he said.
23-time Major winner Serena Williams has been chasing Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam record for several years now. "I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York. But I’m going to try. I know there’s a fan fantasy that I might have tied Margaret that day in London [Wimbedon], then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, “See ya!” I get that.
It’s a good fantasy," she said, adding, "I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst."