Serena Williams, a six-time victor in NY who is seeded 17th after returning from maternity leave earlier in the year, didn't want to be drawn on playing her sister just yet. Her latest tweet continues to show that no one, not even one of the world's greatest athletes, is ideal.
"It's such a great feeling to be back out here", said Serena.
Serena emerged from the tunnel at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night carrying the portfolio of greatness accumulated in the interim, yet her opening match was tinged with some of the same uncertainty she must have felt in her New York City debut in 1998.
Earlier Monday, older sister, Venus, 38, enhanced her US Open first-spherical chronicle to twenty-0 with a three-space bewitch in opposition to Svetlana Kuznetsova.Serena started the match somewhat tentatively, but it in actual fact didn't elevate her long to hunt down her groove. The No. 25 Gavrilova's second-round opponent will be former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka who beat Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3, 7-5.
It should be noted the tutu in question is a custom sport version, designed specifically for the 36-year-old by Virgil Abloh for Nike, to be worn by Williams at this year's US Open.
Witthoeft's hard court preparations were limited to her efforts in New Haven, where she reached the second round, losing to Pauline Parmentier. The sisters should glide into the third round. The former No. 1 player is now No. 382 in the world, using a protected ranking to enter the tournament.
They've both had more than their share of injuries and ailments yet they continue to overcome and achieve.
"It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. 'This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived".
The No. 16 seed Venus Williams will next line up against Italian Camila Giorgi, who defeated American wild card Whitney Osuigwe 6-4, 6-1.
Overall, Williams's moment of honesty has sparked an inspiring conversation among moms.