GOAT Things: Serena Williams rolled back the years & won her second round

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know I was too stressed out after Serena Williams lost her second set of her second round singles match. I truly thought she was going to lose to Anett Konteveit, the #2 player in the world. Serena Williams WON. She hustled and busted her ass and won the match. Serena is not ready to go. She’s not ready to retire just yet. Either that or she knows this is her last hurrah and she’s giving it all she has. Here are highlights from the three-setter:

It is absolutely incredible to watch Serena play this well, play like she’s back in Serena Slam-mode and it’s 2015 or something. Her movement is stellar and what’s crazy is that… she hasn’t moved like this in years. She prepared for the US Open by basically practicing hard for about ten days with her temp coach Rennae Stubbs and playing practice sets with WTA players. Like, that’s all it took? Girl, you could have been doing that this whole time! Serena’s on-court interview after the match was GOAT-level too, she really said “I’m just Serena” like “don’t you know who I am?”

Tons of people came out for last night’s match too. Zendaya was there! Tiger Woods sat in Serena’s box (they’re old friends and he was cheering so hard for her). Gigi Hadid was there! And Spike Lee, obvs, he never misses Serena’s matches. Dionne Warwick had great seats too. Nothing will beat Bill Clinton & Dr. Ruth sitting together for Serena’s first match though. I wonder who will come out tonight for Venus and Serena’s first doubles match of the tournament? They’re playing on Ashe at 7 pm!!

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    My husband and I are figuring out the rules to tennis really quick, LOL. We watched last night and it was just fun to watch. There was such an energy to the whole thing. We of course cheered and were excited when she won but loved what she said on the court afterwards about being Serena.

    and now we’re fully committed and are watching her tonight with Venus, lol.

  2. mia girl says:

    The match last night was simply fantastic. She really is giving us all a gift in her final run.

    Thank you Serena for always giving it your all! You are the GOAT.

  3. Miss617 says:

    Serena really came in like Killmonger in Black Panther. “IS THIS YOUR WORLD #2?” It was also my birthday last night and I was a terrible host for cake because I kept running back to the TV to watch Serena, haha.

  4. sunny says:

    I’m thrilled for her and cheering so hard. How she and Venus changed the sport will never be forgotten and her greatness will continue to inspire. I hope she has the tournament of her career and feels every bit of love from her supporters.

    So glad the crowds are giving the GOAT her flowers.

  5. mellie says:

    OMG….I was so stressed. I am so happy for her – she is undeniably, the best athlete in the world! Forty freaking years old!

  6. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Serena spent the second set figuring out how Konteveit plays and her thought processes since the two had never played before, and she came back in the third set and smoked her. The woman had no chance it was stunning. It I’m like you, Kaiser. I find watching her play some of the most stressful moments of my life, lol. It’s such a journey with such chaos sometimes. But that look on Serena’s face…you know she was focused and determined and was executing her plan. It really was vintage Serena and the best she’s played in a decade. Amazing!

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah after the second set we thought, uh oh, Serena is in trouble. And then she came back in the third set and smoked her. You could tell that Konteveit was caught off guard by it.

  7. Southern Fried says:

    What an absolute joy watching her. We probably would have been ejected from the stadium as we got pretty loud and wild at our house throughout. We didn’t listen to the awful Chrissy and John. There were3 female afterwards on espn discussing the game who would have been much much better. I think Maryjo was one of them. Oh yeah does anyone know if that was Tiger’s lovely daughter sitting next to him? If it’s a girlfriend I’m sorry I brought it up.

  8. Popsicle W says:

    We missed you @Kaiser during the 3rd set!!!! My sister and I kept going to twitter hoping you were going to wake up!

  9. Jess says:

    That post game interview was so great. She’s just having so much fun and seems so full of joy. I’m just so glad she’s getting to enjoy this time and get all of this love after having 25 years of an X on her back (as she said) – both on and off the court.

  10. Amelia says:

    Maybe she’s playing that hard because the pressure is off? I’m sure knowing she’s almost done is a relief. Also she might not be carrying the fear of injuring herself because even if she does she’s done? Just a thought.

  11. Beff says:

    I can’t read or watch without mega tears. She’s so f’ing amazing!

  12. Jasper says:

    I was so upset that I missed this match! Thank goodness for highlights.