Serena Williams finds her way through a second-round match against a teenager

Day 8 action at the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York

Serena Williams was apparently not happy about the schedule for her late-night second round match. I agree – if Serena has to play at night (and she should!), then she needs to go on first, at 7 pm, rather than “whenever Novak Djokovic finishes.” Especially since Djokovic’s match was shambolic with his multiple medical timeouts (just FYI: Novak’s shoulder is f–ked and Novak isn’t repeating his title here). So, Serena started later than she would have liked. And she was playing someone she had never played before, a 17-year-old American named Catherine “Caty” McNally. Yes, McNally isn’t even HALF Serena’s age. McNally gave Serena the proper deference in the pre-match interview, calling Serena “the GOAT.” Then this child proceeded to dance around to distract Serena as Serena tried to serve. NOPE. Serena dropped the first set to the teenager, but then Serena worked her way back and found a way to win the next two sets:

(Also, I loved her mini-catsuit in the first round, but this dress was cute too. Nike has been doing okay for Serena this year!)

To be fair, Serena didn’t seem as *sharp* as she did for the first-round match against Maria Sharapova. And to be fair, McNally was nervous at the start, but she was playing well and serving big. Hopefully, Serena will work her way into this mess of a draw.

So far, the only legend of the game without any difficulties seems to be Rafael Nadal? Roger Federer has had two very slow starts in both of his matches, spraying errors all over the place and dropping the first sets in both matches. Djokovic seems like he’s in serious pain and I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses or retires in the next round or the round after that. Venus Williams is out already too – she had a hellish draw and lost to top-ten player Elina Svitolina yesterday. Ugh. Tough days to be a GOAT.

Day 8 action at the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York

Day 8 action at the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York

Day 8 action at the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    I just can’t imagine being 17, and having to face up to Serena.

    • Erinn says:

      Right? Can you imagine how surreal that would be? I mean, it’d be super cool because she’s such an icon – but the pressure you’d put on yourself for a match like that would be so intense.

  2. TheOriginalMia says:

    I was a nervous wreck during this match. So many unforced errors. Why, Serena?! Why? But she persevered and came back to demolish her in the 3rd. Had to mute the broadcast. Chris Evert annoys me so much. Vain note: the dress was so cute.

  3. Amelia says:

    Also McNally is, let’s say, MAGA-adjacent so I was relived when Serena calmed down and took her to school.

  4. Sarah says:

    Go Rena, go!!
    I feel like we’ve lost so many seeds already, and maybe more on the men’s side than the women’s for once. Novak wasn’t looking good out there and Fed seems a bit slow. Nadal might be in for a very smooth sail towards No.19.
    I’m still not over Stef Tsitsipas’s meltdown the other day. As a French, weird woman, I still felt slightly offended lol.

  5. ElleBee says:

    I watched the first set and decided to go to bed but ended up waking every 5 minutes and checking the score.

    Glad Serena was able to pull it together. Caty played well and should be proud of herself