Serena Williams U.S. Open match reside updates

With the gang on Arthur Ashe Stadium sure to be on her aspect and a flawless first-round report on the U.S. Open bolstering her, Serena Williams can have a number of benefits Monday evening earlier than she strikes a ball.

To beat her, Danka Kovinic must play the match of her life.

The 27-year-old from Montenegro has but to seize a WTA singles title, although she has logged her greatest 12 months on the majors to this point. She reached the third spherical at each the Australian Open and Roland Garros for the primary time, clocking a gutsy, three-set victory towards reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu in Melbourne alongside the way in which.

“After the first set, she was hitting slice forehands. I’ve never hit a slice forehand in my life. For sets I was basically doing that. I don’t know how it ended up so close,” Raducanu mentioned Friday, when requested about Kovinic’s recreation. “… I remember she was really, really solid, was staying with you, counterpunching. Then after you drop one after a long rally, then she would attack. She’s happy to run, happy to rally. She’s a great athlete. It’s going to be a good matchup, I think.”

Kovinic shall be trying to rediscover that robust defending from January tonight. She enters the matchup on a five-match dropping streak after she withdrew from Wimbledon with a decrease again challenge, and hasn’t received a match because the French Open in Might.

At No. 80 on the planet, she is one in every of simply two gamers from Montenegro with a WTA rating (the opposite sits at No. 988). She reached a career-high rating of No. 46 in 2016.