A month later, the coronavirus pandemic shut down all competitive In contrast to her last match before the pandemic, which took place in a raucous atmosphere at a packed Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington, her match against Pera in Lexington was played behind closed doors, with players touching rackets instead of shaking hands at the end of the match and strict biosecurity measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Although there was some excellent shotmaking and intensity throughout, there were ample mistakes as rhythm changed in the blink of an eye.Just as Serena looked to take control of the match, serving bombs and dominating the baseline to lead, her early 2-1 lead in the third set became a 4-2 deficit. “Number 31 and I’m looking forward to the next one after this, too.” "Alexis Ohanian and Olympia look on during Tuesday's match. After six months away, rust caked every aspect of her game and her victory relied on a moment of magnificence, exploding into form with a deficit of 4-6, 4-4 and 0-40 to escape.Form decided much of the early exchanges as Venus remained solid from 0-2 down, offering nothing for free and profiting from her sister’s errors as she won the first set 6-3. She homed in on her targets, attacked down the middle and found her range to secure the deciding break and take the second set 6-3.But this was the second match after six months.

And then I'm thinking, 'Okay Serena, stop looking over there.' The men's ATP Tour will restart with the Western & Southern Open in New York on August 20.The women's event in Lexington, the first in the US since the pandemic struck, had been added recently as a warmup tournament for the US Open, which is scheduled to start August 31 in New York. "So I didn't look over there but I kind of flashed my husband a look like make sure she's chewing her grapes -- because she shouldn't be coughing while she's eating grapes. She was knocked out in the third round of the Australian Open in January, the sport's only major played so far this year. "I haven't played for so long, even matches and practice matches I haven't played, I've just been training," Williams said. Rather than the four consecutive grand slam finals between 2002 and 2003, this was the second round of the lowest category of WTA tournaments in a small local club. "It was really good for me ... to win a match that was three sets. Less than… Since coming back from maternity leave, the American has lost four major singles finals, including last year's Wimbledon and US Open. UPDATE, 10:56 PM: The tennis rackets and tensions have come down in the lawsuit over Will Smith’s film about the life and legacy of Serena Williams and Venus Williams’ father.

The year's second major will also be played without fans because of concerns over Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. At 40 years old, after 26 years as a professional, she still carries the determination to be better.While Venus was excellent in her opening‑round victory against the former No 1 Victoria Azarenka, Serena, who turns 39 next month, struggled badly in her three-set win against Bernarda Pera. The American, who has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolism, said she now travels with "like 50 face masks. However, this experience was unique.

Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Serena Williams in action against Bernarda Pera in Lexington, Kentucky. "Although Williams had enjoyed "every part of the lengthy break," she said she also became "super, super careful" during the pandemic and "a bit of a recluse." Down 0-40 on her serve at 4-4, Williams was in real danger of going out, but fended off four break points with some huge serving and blistering groundstrokes, and then evened the match as she took the second set 6-4.The momentum now firmly on her side, Williams quickly raced to a 5-1 lead in the deciding set against Pera, who was the first left-handed player she has faced in two years.

Serena Williams has played pro tennis for 20 years and is still an incredible competitor.

But once again, Pera kept a cool head, breaking back straight away. "Serena Williams after winning her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open.Although exhibition events have been held in the US and Europe from June, the WTA Tour officially resumed earlier this month.