The Serena Williams The show has come to an end, and the competition will be good in tennis. Although Williams continues to say, “You never know,” his current coach, Eric Hechtman, and longtime coach, Rick Mackey, are skeptical.
“For now, I guess we can say it’s over, but in her own words, the door isn’t slammed and locked, is it?” Hechtman said Saturday. “I’d say a crack is open.”
“My guess, but I think she and Venus will still play doubles,” said Machi, whose Florida Tennis Academy was the sisters’ longtime base during their youth. “They have two of the best serves in the world and two of the best returns in the world, and in doubles you only have to cover half the court. When the Williams sisters play together, it’s the greatest show on earth. Anything is possible.”
The Williams are indeed full of surprises and enjoy them with gusto. But what is 100 percent clear is that they are both out of this US Open Serena’s Primetime Farewell Is Epic No more mega-story blocking all light in the press room (or at least the American press room).
“It’s absolutely his match, in my opinion,” said Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, No. 1 and ranked. Defending US Open Men’s Singles Champion.
But the big Grand Slam has been going on for a week in New York. Let’s catch up on what you might have missed:
Last year’s fairy tales are not this year’s fairy tales
In 2021, two multicultural teenagers made anything possible in tennis (and beyond). Leila Fernandez, a 19-year-old Canadian with roots in the Philippines and Ecuador, advanced to the women’s singles final. Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old Canadian-born Briton with roots in China and Romania, defeated Fernandez in that final to become the first qualifier in long history to win a Grand Slam singles title.
But midnight struck earlier this year, and the cart turned pumpkin in the first round for Raduganu. She lost to senior French player Alice GarnettAnd in the second round for Fernandez, she fell to Lyudmila Samsonova of Russia.
There is no shame in either defeat. Garnet played the best tennis of his career at the age of 32, upsetting No. 1 Ika Svitek at Wimbledon. Samsonova, 23, advanced to the US Open by winning two hardcourt titles.
But the early exits underscore just how wild and crazy last year’s Open was. Truly.
Some players are retiring and locking the door
When Serena Williams was pulling on her sneakers talking about “Away from tennis,” he has no problem being direct with some of his lesser-known peers, including two longtime American pros, Christina McHale and Sam Guerreri.
Serena Williams at the US Open
The US Open is likely to be the tennis star’s last professional tournament.
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McHale, 30, from New Jersey, discreetly announced his retirement after losing in the first round of qualifying. He turned pro at age 17 and quickly reached the third round of all four majors, ranking 24th in the world in 2012.
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to realize my childhood dream all these years,” he said on his Instagram account.
Currie, a 34-year-old Californian with a power game best suited to fast courts, has won 10 Tour singles titles and finished 2018 at No. 11 in the singles rankings. Serve for the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Querrey also recorded his biggest success at the All England Club: in the third round of 2016, after winning all four major singles titles at No. 1 beat Novak Djokovic.
Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, 34, has had some big wins and has broken into the top 10 in 2011 after reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the US Open. He came back from a major knee injury early in his career and became a hard-running baseliner. She was a great athlete but an even better orator: Writing articles As she did again at the US Open after her first-round loss to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, she gave interviews in German and English full of wisdom and wit.
“I think I brought everything I had to give to the game,” he said. “Obviously it’s not Serena’s level, but in my own little world, I feel like I’ve brought it all together and my story is over.”
She may be playing one final European match to help say goodbye to her European friends and family, but she already looked like a former player this week with a beer in hand on the beach.
“First day of retirement,” she said wrote on Instagram. “Enjoying my six pack while it lasts.”
Despite Europe’s larger social safety net, there may be some advantages to retiring in the US.
“Every American I meet and tell them I’m retiring, their first reaction is, ‘Congratulations,'” Petkovic said. “I told every European this, and they said, ‘God, what are you going to do now?’ I have to say that over the past few days I’ve adopted the American way of looking at it a little more.
There will be a new champion, and she may speak French
Serena Williams may not have a seventh US Open singles title, but someone has won for the first time. None of the girls who reached the fourth round have won a singles title at Flushing Meadows.
If Iga Swiatek continues to roar, she deserves to be the favorite. Switek became No. 1 in the rankings by a wide margin after a 37-match winning streak that included three hardcourt titles earlier this year. New champion could be American: Top-ranked American Jessica Pegula and major winner Daniel Collins, who reached the Australian Open final in January, are both contenders.
American Coco Gough, the 18-year-old seeded 12th seed, beat China’s Zhang Shuai 7-5, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals, and few women have covered it before. But the fastest-rising player is actually Goff’s next opponent: 17th-seeded Caroline Garcia, a French player who steamrolls her opponents.
Garcia, 28, once a top-five player, has rebounded since June and became the first qualifier to win a WTA 1000 event last month when she won the Western and Southern Open in Ohio. She plays with relentless aggression, staying well inside the baseline for returns, often pushing forward to the net and ripping her grounders over her strong forehand. It all clicked and she defeated American Alison Riske-Amirtaraj 6-4, 6-1 to win her 12th match.
“I’m afraid to get too close to you,” court interviewer Blair Henley said. “Because you’re red.”
Garcia’s signature An aviation-inspired celebration – Arms spread wide – looks more appropriate. She’s on a full tour, but Goff has beaten her in their previous two matches and nearly 24,000 fans will be behind her at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday in what will be the first US Open quarter-final for both players.
Should be a good one. Maybe one of the best.
Wimbledon is a different world
In the last major tournament, Wimbledon Russians and Belarusians were banned from participating because of the invasion of Ukraine. The US Open did not continue, much to the consternation of some Ukrainian players.
A week into this major, no Ukrainians are in singles, but Russians and Belarusians make up a quarter of the remaining singles players in the fourth round.
Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka and Russia’s Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Kachanov advanced to the round of 16 in the men’s category.
Victoria Azarenka and Arina Sabalenka of Belarus and Samsonova and Veronika Gutermedova of Russia advanced to the women’s round of 16. Another big difference from Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic, the men’s singles champion at the All England Club, is not in New York. He was allowed to enter the US because he had not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
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