Serena Williams’s Final U.S. Open


Edwin Martinez

Serena Williams participating in the 1st round of doubles in the 2013 U.S. Open

Ashley Park

In her ultimate United States (U.S) Open, Serena Williams’s brilliant plays and points grab the attention of spectators throughout the nation. On the 29th of August at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, Williams delivered an entertaining set of matches for her final tournament at the 2022 U.S. Open. The event was said to be the wrap-up of her career as a professional women’s tennis player that spanned almost three decades.

The U.S. Open is an annual tournament that is a part of the Grand Slam series of tennis events. It typically takes place in New York, and thousands upon thousands of people swarm in to watch it live. Professional tennis player Serena Williams, who has years of experience with Opens under her belt, stepped in to play her first round of matches against Danka Kovinic from Montenegro on Monday, August 29, 2022. She started off slightly rusty, serving double faults (two missed serves causing the loss of a point), but she shook it off and her points gradually became longer and more exciting. There were a few points that had the audience on the edge of their seats as the leading score would switch between the two players. However, the final scores for the two matches that were played out were both 6-3, with Williams reigning victorious.

Serena Williams, who will be turning 41 years old this September, is a globally-known icon as a tennis player and a female athlete. She has been ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association (the WTA) for over 300 weeks and has won 23 Grand Slam titles since going professional at fourteen years old. She and her older sister Venus have participated in countless events both individually and together as doubles partners, many of which they won. The Williams sisters are known as legends among tennis players.

In her recent message to Vogue in August, she shared the difficult decision she made regarding the future of her career and family, going into depth about her current priorities as an athlete and a mother to her five-year old daughter. After spending about 27 years in the professional tennis scene, she decided to retire from the path that she had been walking and switch gears to becoming a more active mother. She described the transition as evolving, saying, “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”

Stepping away from playing professional tennis, she implied that she would continue to play, just not in the spotlight, and looked forward to watching her daughter, Olympia, grow throughout the next stages of her life. And by doing so, she is set on seeking her own personal growth and evolution.