Saturday, September 03, 2022

Watching Serena Williams in 2022 and remembering her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1999

I was up late last night, so I decided to watch Serena Williams's match against Ajla Tomljanovic (which started at one a.m. in Switzerland). It turned out to be Serena's last match as a professional. During the match, I remembered watching Serena defeat Martina Hingis in the 1999 US Open final, two years after Venus Williams had lost to Hingis in the US Open final. I've always had a vivid memory of the eighteen-year-old Serena stumbling around the court and beaming her always riveting smile after her triumph against the eighteen-year-old Hingis (who had won five Grand Slam singles titles by that time, but won no more in her further career). (Andrew Shields, #111words, 3 September 2022)

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