On Monday, August 29, 2022, Serena Williams, the defending champion and current world number one, warmed up before Daniil Medvedev.
Serena Williams then intimated that the match might be her last before taking the court.
Williams, widely regarded as the best female tennis player ever, easily defeated Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-3 on Day 1 of the Open to go to the second round.
Thousands of spectators packed the Arthur Ashe stadium for what many believed to be Williams’s final competitive encounter, paying little attention to the match between Medvedev and American Stefan Kozlov.
Former US president Bill Clinton, legendary boxer Mike Tyson, and actor Hugh Jackman were among them. They were all there to celebrate greatness rather than to expect it.
Serena, who is competing in her 21st US Open, has never lost in the opening round at Flushing Meadows, and her win over Kovinic was her 106th.