Serena Williams continues her undefeated streak in the initial two rounds of her beloved US Open, maintaining a flawless record of 42 victories without a single loss. Her latest triumph occurred on Thursday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she defeated the 2nd seed Anett Kontaveit in a thrilling match lasting two hours and 27 minutes. Despite a formidable challenge from Kontaveit, Serena emerged victorious with a 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 scoreline, securing her 108th US Open win.
The closely contested match saw Serena and Anett earning an equal number of points, leaving them neck and neck in the overall statistics. Both players managed to break each other’s serve five times, showcasing their exceptional skills. However, it was Serena’s exceptional performance in the decisive set that enabled her to overcome her higher-ranked opponent and advance to the last 32 of the tournament.
In the early stages of the match, Kontaveit successfully defended break points in the third game, maintaining a positive position. Serena, on the other hand, responded with a service winner in the fourth game to deny Anett a break opportunity, leveling the score at 2-2.
Despite facing multiple break points and enduring a series of intense deuces, Kontaveit managed to escape in the seventh game, keeping herself in a favorable position. However, Williams capitalized on a backhand error from her opponent to secure a crucial break at 4-4, serving for the set in the following game. Unfortunately for Serena, a double fault cost her the game at 15, allowing Anett to stay in the contest.
The remaining games were evenly contested, leading to a tiebreak, where the first seven points were held with serve. Williams eventually earned a mini-break, taking a 5-3 lead, and closed out the set with an ace at 6-4 after an intense 63 minutes of play.
The second set began with Kontaveit gaining momentum, as she quickly secured a 3-0 lead by breaking Serena’s serve twice. Another break in the fourth game extended her advantage to 4-0, setting the stage for her eventual triumph in the set with a comfortable hold at 5-2, forcing a decider.
The final set started with both players exchanging breaks, highlighting their determination and competitive spirit. However, it was Serena who managed to break Kontaveit’s serve once again, taking a commanding 3-1 lead. She consolidated her position by holding her serve at love in the fifth game, solidifying her advantage at 4-1. In the seventh game, Williams saved a crucial break point and ultimately won the game with a powerful forehand drive-volley winner, edging closer to victory.
With Anett serving to stay in the match at 2-5, the pressure mounted as she faced three match points after committing a forced error. Unfortunately for the Estonian, she faltered under the mounting tension, and Serena sealed the match on her first match point with a scintillating return winner, propelling her into the third round and securing another memorable victory in her illustrious career.