Serena Williams created a triumphant return to the US Open up on Monday, opening her bid for a history-tying 24th Grand Slam title with a six-four, six- 1st-spherical victory about Magda Linette.
Williams, a 6-time winner at Flushing Meadows, skipped previous year’s version as she gave beginning to daughter Olympia on September one.
She was all-enterprise on her return below the floodlights on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court docket, the place she has lifted the trophy 6 periods.
Linette, the entire world quantity 68 from Poland who was experiencing Williams for the 1st time, held her possess in the early likely.
But Williams broke her in the seventh recreation of the opening established to acquire the higher hand and from there the American celebrity rolled.
The 1st established was restricted,” Williams, seeded 17th, mentioned. “It was my 1st match again listed here in New York so that was not the least complicated.
“Once I acquired settled I began undertaking what I’m striving to do in observe. “I believe I’m obtaining there,” additional Williams, who arrived at the last at Wimbledon only to tumble brief of matching Margaret Court’s all-time history of 24 main titles.
She did not experience a crack level in the 70 moment match, but as her momentum designed her thoughts burst out with fist-clenched shouts of “come on”.
Right after Williams held provide from deuce for a five-three guide, Linette would keep to pressure Williams to provide out the established.
From there, it was all Williams as she raced via the next established in 28 minutes.
She upcoming faces Germany’s Carina Witthoeft, with a achievable 3rd-spherical clash with 16th-seeded sister Venus in the offing.