There are 63 other matches on the first day, but they have been withdrawn in the background as Williams prepares to play what could be her last singles match.
US Open for the first time this year, Inga Sweetek is looking to clinch her first Grand Slam title anywhere other than on the red clay of Roland Garros.
On the eve of the US Open, Sweetk had another priority: mustering up the courage to finally meet Serena Williams, a formidable champion, whom Sweetk said made her feel like a youngster from kindergarten simply checking her out.
On Sunday, Sweetk posted a photo of himself with Williams to his social media accounts: This is the highlight of my day, Sweetk wrote on Twitter.
The U.S.T.A has an abundance of established and emerging players and stories. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. But they are all back in the background for now, as Williams, one of the greatest athletes of any generation.
No Chinese player had qualified to play at the US Open until this year, but two have succeeded this year, Zhang Zhizhen, 25, and Wu Yibing, 22, practicing together on Court 8 the Sunday after Monday .
A small crowd of mainly Mandarin-speaking fans applaud his efforts and surround him for autographs and photographs at the end of the training session.
American Elizabeth Mandlik and Brandon Holt, the US Open singles champion’s two children, will debut at the Grand Slam on Monday. Hana Mandlikova’s daughter Mandlik will face Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek.
Tracy Austin’s son Holt will face No. 10 seed Taylor Fritz and the top-ranked American, herself the son of former top 10 women’s player Kathy May.
Also Monday, 2020 US Open men’s champion Dominic Thiem will return to the tournament after missing from last year’s Open with a serious wrist injury.
He has an uphill task against Pablo Carreo Busta, the smooth-headed Spaniard who has been a semifinalist twice at the US Open and most recently won the Masters 1000 tournament in Canada.
But all those interesting tennis stories will haunt Williams vs. Kovinick, and even other tennis players are looking for opportunities to meet and catch Williams.
I’ve seen him for my whole life, said 21-year-old Polish star Sweetk about Williams, 40. Basically she was everywhere as she always won and was somewhere in the semifinals or finals. I didn’t always feel like I was that kind of player.
who could play equal tennis because she always seemed so strong, physically stronger than her opponents. But of course mentally, she’s the one who will show you how to use your position and not be afraid to be No.
Serena Williams’ farewell to tennis
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Sweetek Williams’ ability to combine outside interests and motherhood with her tennis career has been a “great example.”
I think it’s great that we have someone in our sport who took the lead and showed us that you can do anything he said.
The 1- and two-time US Open champion, trying to fix her mojo after a failed stretch, asked more questions about Williams than any other topic at her news conference on Friday. ask. It took a long time to reply.
I think his legacy really extends to the point where you can’t even describe it in Osaka’s words. He changed the game so much. He introduced people who had never heard of tennis to the sport. I feel like I am a product of what he has done.