Serena Williams vs Anett Kontaveit: US Open Tennis 2022 – LIVE! | Serena Williams

The Australian advances 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

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Tommy Paul has defeated Sebastian Korda 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Top seed Daniil Medvedev faces Arthur Rinderknech on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court after Serena and Kontaveit wrap up, which may be a while as this game has gone more than 12 minutes.

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Kontaveit serving. Crowd is subdued. Serena is wearing more glittery stuff.

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*Williams 5-6 Kontaveit (* – indicates the next server)

However, Serena still has Kontaveit’s second serve return. She rips one down the line to make this match 30-30.

Kontaveit responds with a serve that Serena barely reaches, then another that sets up perfect bunting. Serena will serve to stay there.

Williams 5-5 Kontaveit* (* – indicates the next server)

Don’t give Serena the first set just yet. An unforced error puts Kontaveit 0-30, and Serena suddenly looks frustrated with that first-serve cannon. A scintillating 20-hit rally ensues, Kontaveit keeping Serena off balance with the odd slash mixed with power. Suddenly, the second seed has three break points.

As. Make it two.

But a double fault ends it. We are level. The crowd is amazed. And if Serena’s service abandons her, it’s going to be difficult.

*Williams 5-4 Kontaveit (* – indicates the next server)

The second point is literally a grassroots battle, with both players hitting shots that barely stay in play. It’s an exciting rally that gets the crowd moving, with Serena counter covering ground well to return a smash.

And yuck. Kontaveit unnecessarily hits a long, and Serena has yet another break point. It’s his sixth.

And after being bailed out once by the net cord, Kontaveit hits long again. Finally, Serena has her break and she will serve for the set.

Williams 4-4 Kontaveit* (* – indicates the next server)

What nerves? Kontaveit is coming out of this.

But Serena is officially defying the years, striving not only to get a bunt, but also to hit a winner. That puts her 40-15, and her next serve is unrecoverable.

Anett Kontaveit returns.
Anett Kontaveit returns. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

*Williams 3-4 Kontaveit (* – indicates the next server)

A wasted opportunity for Serena, who conceded three break points in an epic seventh game. A slip on the baseline didn’t help, but Serena didn’t seem hurt.

Nick Kyrgios defeats Benjamin Bonzi

The Australian leads 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Tommy Paul has triumphed Sebastien Korda 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

First in the series Daniel Medvedev faces Arthur Rinderknech on the ground at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Serena and Kontaveit’s conclusion, which may take a while as this match lasted over 12 minutes.

(game still in progress)

How is the commentary you watch around the world? In the US, it’s kind of condescending to Kontaveit, like they’re describing a gymnast trying to avoid a bad fall.

The intriguing point here is at 40-30, where a Serena comeback literally knocked Kontaveit down. She quickly got to her feet, only to see Serena’s shot hit the net cord and drip for the point.

Kontaveit served well to take the lead and then hit into the net at the end of the game’s best rally so far. The crowd roared, as some in the crowd cheered every time Serena’s opponents fouled her in her first two games.

To their credit, they were much louder after a brilliant return from Serena, leaping again on a second serve to let Kontaveit get flustered.

The cord of the net gives and the cord of the net takes away. At two (again), the cord saved a Kontaveit shot that sailed wide, giving him another opportunity to serve the game. But again – it’s a second serve, and Serena, just pierces it.

It’s pretty straightforward here, although the US Open site doesn’t give us any stats tonight. When Kontaveit hits her first serve, she usually wins the point. When she’s forced into a second, she’s in big trouble.

We have an unexpected epic in a clash of American men in the gallery, where Tommy Paul won the first set 6-0 but is now in a fifth set and fourth hour against Sebastien Korda.

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios went up 5-4 and has three break points.

Williams 3-3 Kontaveit* (* – indicates the next server)

“Serena feels the nerves on the other side of the court,” Evert said. That, or she just hits well-placed punches with power.

At least she was, until she went up 40-0 and followed that up with a double fault and a subdued second serve and a rally that Kontaveit finished well.

Serena’s next serve, however, is pretty good, and it’s 3-3.

*Williams 2-3 Kontaveit (* – indicates the next server)

Serena looks to pounce on the second serve and does so to cut the lead to 30-15. Chrissie Evert, commenting with John McEnroe and Chris Fowler on ESPN, thinks Kontaveit looks a little unsure of herself.

Then Kontaveit easily wins the next point and rips a service winner to close the match.

If Kontaveit is dealing with some nerves and he’s still doing well, what if the confidence starts to sink?

In all fairness, his second serve was pretty weak. But she doesn’t look the least bit intimidated by Serena’s power.

Venus Williams is now seated two seats behind Tiger Woods.

Williams 2-2 Kontaveit* (* – indicates the next server)

Kontaveit certainly looks ready. Serena rushes to the net in the middle of a rally, and the second seed simply rips her apart, leaving Serena to just watch. A booming serve evens the game and they trade points to get to 30-30.

Then we get the game’s first spotlight, and it’s a stunning, searing diagonal return of serve from Kontaveit. Break point, but Serena’s next three serves are much better.

So the bad news if you’re supporting Serena is that she doesn’t seem dominant. But the good news is that neither does Kontaveit. Serena looks like even money here, not a 2-1 underdog.

Tiger Woods and his girlfriend chat with Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian before the game starts.
Tiger Woods and his girlfriend chat with Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian before the game starts. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

*Williams 1-2 Kontaveit (* – indicates the next server)

Serena takes the first point but drops the next one on a drop shot that drops way too soon. Kontaveit, however, lands a shot into the net then fumbles over the next point to give Serena two chances to break. The first is lost on a too long return. Kontaveit clears the second with an ace.

To hell with it, Serena unleashes the power, hitting a hard, deep return. But Kontaveit deftly takes care of it, and Serena hits one. Serena looks to have the best of the next rally, but Kontaveit rushes to cover a shot in the frontcourt and throws it over the net and onto the line.

Celebrities spotted on ESPN so far: Tiger Woods and Dionne Warwick.

Williams 1-1 Kontaveit* (* – indicates the next server)

Kontaveit first scores with relative ease, but then Serena finds her serve and delivers three devastating shots. The next rally ends with an unforced error, and we are even.

*Williams 0-1 Kontaveit (* – indicates the next server)

Well, that looked a lot like the world’s No. 2 serving to a rusty, low-rated player. Kontaveit is about love.

We are on our way!

Kontaveit serving. The crowd is subdued. Serena wears more sparkly clothes.

Another note from Kyrgios’ game: the nervous Aussie called out someone in the crowd for smoking weed.

Did Nick Kyrgios complain to the chair umpire about someone in the crowd allegedly smoking weed? Yes, he did.

Did the chair umpire ask the crowd to refrain from smoking? Yes, he did.

Oh, the #USOpen

— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) August 31, 2022

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Did Nick Kyrgios complain to the chair umpire that someone in the crowd smoked weed? Yes he did.

Did the chair umpire ask the crowd to refrain from smoking? Yes he did.

Oh, the #US Open

– Gaspar Ribeiro Lanza (@gasparlanca) August 31, 2022

Meanwhile, the winner of the other game I watched on Monday, Australia Nick Kyrgioslost the third set but still leads two sets to one Benjamin Bonzi.

And now we get a video narrated by Queen Latifah. “The Queen of Queens”, is it named in reference to the borough of New York which hosts this tournament and where I was stuck in traffic a few days ago.

ESPN shows Beyoncé’s video again. We have to be within 30 minutes of playing.

(Seriously, 7:15 a.m. ET was mentioned, so maybe we’re less than 15 minutes away?)

We can verify on the training ground that her warm-up gear is a bit more low-key than what she wore on Monday.

Serena Williams practices Wednesday ahead of her second-round match.
Serena Williams practices Wednesday ahead of her second-round match. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

In the meantime, note that two generations (well, half-generations) of American players inspired by the Williams sisters will meet in the third round. Coco Gauf, still just 18 years old, defeated Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-2, 7-6 on the big stage at Arthur Ashe Stadium. She will face a 27-year-old Madison Keyswho was pushed to the limit to beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 after leading 2-5 in the third set.

Gauff is seeded 12th. Keys, who played at the slightly smaller Louis Armstrong Stadium, is 20th. Keys won his only head-to-head match earlier this year in Adelaide.

Welcome to what may well be the last game of Serena Williams‘ career.

Even with a little rust and the distractions of endless pomp and circumstance, Serena was expected to exceed Danka Kovinic in the first round, and she did. Tonight she is pretty much underdog 2-1 against the second-seeded Estonian Anet Kontaveit.

Funnily enough, they never played each other, which goes to show how seriously Serena has really played over the past two years.

Beau will be here shortly, with the game expected to start around 7:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. AEST / 00:30 a.m. BST). In the meantime, here’s some pre-game reading:

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