Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after defeating Anett Kontaveit
During the second round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in New York
Williams eliminated No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 in the U.S. Open's second round
To ensure that she will play at least one more singles match at what she's hinted will be the last tournament of her illustrious career.
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She hit serves at up to 119 mph, stayed with Kontaveit during lengthy exchanges of massive swings from the baselines and conjured up
Her opponent will be Ajla Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who is ranked 46th. They've never met.
After pulling out a tight first set, then faltering in the second, Williams headed to the locker room for a bit of a break before the third.
After I lost the second set, I thought, 'Oh, my goodness, I better give my best effort because this might be it,'" Williams said, surely echoing the thoughts of each one in all the people paying any attention.