Serena Williams Beats No. 2 Seed Annet Kontaveit, Heads To third Round At U.S. Open

NEW YORK (AP) — The Newest on U.S. Open tennis match (all instances native):

Serena Williams has at the very least yet another singles match left.

Williams moved into the third spherical of the U.S. Open with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Annet Kontaveit on Wednesday evening.

Williams has mentioned she is getting ready for the top of her tennis profession, however that gained’t occur now till at the very least Friday.

She’s going to play Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia within the subsequent spherical.

Nick Kyrgios already was conscious of the noise being a problem on the U.S. Open.

On Wednesday, he additionally was bothered by the odor.

Kyrgios complained in regards to the odor of marijuana throughout his second-round victory in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The Wimbledon runner-up mentioned afterward he was a heavy asthmatic and that when he was working facet to facet and struggling to breathe that the odor was “probably not something I want to be breathing in in between points.”

The No. 23 seed overcame it to eradicate Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Serena Williams should win a decisive third set to increase what may very well be the ultimate match of her profession.

After successful the primary set in opposition to Anett Kontaveit in a tiebreaker, the No. 2 seed bounced again impressively to take the second 6-2.

Williams has performed just one three-set match this season, falling to Concord Tan at Wimbledon within the first spherical after getting back from a one-year absence.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion just lately mentioned she was getting ready to finish her profession, although didn’t say for sure it could be after the U.S. Open.

Serena Williams has gained the primary set in opposition to No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in a tiebreaker.

Williams gained the tiebreaker 7-4, closing it out with an ace to wrap up the primary set in 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Williams had misplaced the one tiebreaker she performed this yr, to Concord Tan at Wimbledon in her return to singles participant after lacking a yr.

Serena Williams is on the court docket, with one of many world’s prime gamers standing on the opposite facet of the web.

Williams is dealing with No. 2 Anett Kontaveit, who has gained six profession titles however by no means been previous the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open.

Williams has gained it six instances, a part of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

This may very well be her final main — or any — occasion, as she mentioned just lately she was getting ready for the top of her tennis profession.

Serena Williams went via a couple of half-hour warmup session earlier than her second-round match.

Williams used the identical observe court docket Wednesday evening that she did Monday earlier than that victory.

This time, she crossed paths together with her sister, Venus, who was utilizing that court docket for doubles work forward of their first-round match in that occasion, which is scheduled for Thursday evening.

As Serena left after her hitting session, crowds cheered, and she or he paused to wave of their route together with her proper hand as she checked her cellular phone in her left.

John Isner has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a wrist damage, sending No. 28 seed Holger Rune into the third spherical with a walkover.

The 37-year-old Isner gained his first-round match in straight units Tuesday. The U.S. Tennis Affiliation introduced his withdrawal Wednesday evening.

Rune took a set from Novak Djokovic final yr in his U.S. Open debut. He’ll face No. 7 seed Cam Norrie or Joao Sousa within the third spherical.

Serena and Venus Williams will play their first doubles match collectively since 2018 below the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday evening.

Their U.S. Open first-round contest in opposition to the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova was scheduled to begin at about 7 p.m., main off the evening session. That’s uncommon as a result of usually there are two singles matches held within the evenings at Ashe.

The Williams sisters have gained 14 Grand Slam doubles titles as a group, together with two at Flushing Meadows. Their final competitors collectively was on the French Open 4 years in the past.

Coming off her journey to the Wimbledon finals, Ons Jabeur is hoping to lastly make a run on the U.S. Open.

The No. 5 seed from Tunisia beat American Elizabeth Mandlik 7-5, 6-2 to achieve the third spherical, the place she has misplaced in every of the final three years.

It was Jabeur’s fortieth win of the season. Solely top-ranked Iga Swiatek has extra.

She additionally performed with Serena Williams in a doubles match earlier than Wimbledon, the place they reached the semifinals earlier than having to withdraw as a result of Jabeur had a knee damage.

Mandlik is the daughter of Hana Mandlikova, the 1985 U.S. Open champion.

Singles and doubles play bought Day 3 of the U.S. Open off to a busy begin, although it was nonetheless eight hours earlier than the match that was the focal point.

Serena Williams is taking part in within the first evening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, simply as she was on the opening day of the match. She performs No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

Williams started what may very well be the ultimate match of her profession by beating Danka Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 on Monday evening.

Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, the defending males’s champion, follows Williams in opposition to Arthur Rinderknech of France.

Early starters Wednesday included third-seeded Maria Sakkari, a semifinalist in Flushing Meadows final yr, and No. 5 seed Ons Jabeur, the Wimbledon runner-up. Opening-round matches in males’s and ladies’s doubles have been additionally on the court docket.

Previous champion Andy Murray, 18-year-old Coco Gauff and Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios have been additionally scheduled for day singles motion.

Additionally taking part in at evening is Bianca Andreescu, who’s already the latest ladies’s champion nonetheless left within the area. The 2019 winner, who beat Williams within the last, faces No. 15 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Defending champion Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka, the 2018 and 2020 winner, each misplaced Tuesday evening.

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