Williams, 40, who intends to retire after the New York tournament, got off to the best start and won the first set on a tie-break.
The 26-year-old Estonian fought back and won the second set 6-2, before Williams prevailed by similar numbers in the deciding third set of the nearly two and a half hour match.
– It’s what I do best. I like to take up challenges. When I lost the second set, I thought, “Glory, this can be over.” “I wanted to keep trying and do my best,” Williams said after the win. the website at the US Open.
It was in an interview with Vogue magazine recently that Williams revealed that she would be playing her last tennis tournament at the US Open.
– I hesitated to admit that I’m going to stop playing tennis, it’s a bit taboo. “When that happens, I start crying,” she said.
She said she didn’t like the word “set up”.
– It feels up to date. I thought of it as a transition… Maybe the best word to describe what’s going to happen now is “development”. I’m moving away from tennis and into other things that are important to me, she told Vogue.
Williams, who turns 41 in September, has won a total of 23 Grand Slam titles in her career but hasn’t won anything since winning the Australian Open in 2017. has taken a long time since his return.
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