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Following her victory against the world’s No. 2, Serena Williams postponed her retirement.

Serena Williams turned back the clock on Wednesday to shock world number two Anett Kontaveit 7-6(4) 2-6 6-2 and advance to the third round of the US Open, postponing her retirement intentions. Williams played more like a world number one than a woman outside the top 600.

Williams has always had a hard time losing, and the 40-year-old American’s unwavering drive to triumph was on full show during an engaging two-hour, 27-minute race that was unexpectedly high quality, intense, and dramatic.

Williams hinted at her retirement earlier this month, stating she was “moving away from tennis,” although she never said the US Open would be her last competition.returning to centre court on Thursday to play doubles with older sister Venus, then facing Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Friday after she defeated Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina by scores of 1-6, 6-2, and 7-5.

When asked how she defeated the world’s second-ranked player, Williams responded, “I’m a pretty decent player.” I love a challenge and rising to a challenge, so this is what I do best.”It’s really come together during the last few matches played here in New York.

“Since I’m so fiercely competitive, I truly only consider it a plus.”I have nothing to prove at all,”Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam tournaments and is largely recognised as the best female tennis player of all time, has accomplished everything on the court.

However, following two victories, Williams’ once-impossible ambition of a Hollywood conclusion to his career—snatching an elusive 24th major to tie Margaret Court for first place on the all-time list—just possibly be in the cards.

Williams declined when asked if she was beginning to think she may win a seventh U.S. Open, saying she was still taking it one match at a day but that things were “coming together”.

Williams remarked, “I cannot think that far.” I’m here, having a good time, and enjoying myself.”I’m doing okay when I play.”Although I believe I have been practising extremely hard, my performance in games has not been as strong.

But, you know, things are starting to come together now.Williams, who held the number one spot for 319 weeks, entered the season’s final Grand Slam ranked lower than 600, unseeded, and with just one match victory from three events.

Williams’ previous consecutive victories came at the 2021 French Open, more than a year prior. A player whose game was designed for the hardcourt and who won five of her six career titles on the surface, Kontaveit, 26, presented a formidable test to her.

Williams came onto the court with her game face on since none of the pre-match activities that were held prior to her first round match against Danka Kovinic could have distracted her. Her performance brought the 29,959-person Arthur Ash Stadium record crowd—which included fellow sports legends Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods—to its feet.

Kontaveit affirmed, “I saw it coming. “I had never experienced anything like it before.”They didn’t seem to be rooting against me, I believe. They merely desired Serena’s victory so much.Therefore, I don’t believe it to be a personal assault on me or anything.

Williams broke early in an exciting first set to go up 5-4, but Kontaveit broke back right away to force a tie-break.Williams’ thunderous ace to win the tie-break 7-4 in classic style made it no less exciting than the original game.

However, the Estonian proved that neither Williams nor the boisterous audience could frighten her, taking two early breaks to go out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before levelling the match.

After two exhausting sets, the New York fans gave Williams the motivation she needed to go through the third set as she raced to a 4-1 lead and never looked back.