(NEW YORK) — A wild night for Serena Williams as she surprised the tennis world but not herself by beating the number two player in the world, and extending her farewell tour at the U.S. Open.
On Wednesday, the 40-year-old took down Anett Kontaveit in three sets, punching her ticket to the third round.
Despite entering the tournament ranked 605th, Serena outlasted the world’s number-two-ranked player in three stressful sets.
Serena serving up a decisive defeat in the first set, but losing momentum after multiple unforced errors in the second.
Kontaveit was favored but Serena had the support of the crowd.
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Celebrities and sports stars including Tiger Woods cramming into Arthur Ashe stadium to cheer her on.
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And it was the “nail-biter” finish that had fans out of their seats. The “comeback queen” finishing off the match with a heart-racing rally – taking the set and sealing her win with her signature twirl.
Williams next faces Ajla Tomljanovic (ranked 38th in the world) on Friday and will play doubles with her sister Venus on Thursday.
Americans Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers all won to advance to the third round.
If Serena wins, she will to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles surpassing Margaret Court.