Serena Williams v Ajla Tomljanović: US Open tennis 2022 – live! | Serena Williams

Who is Ajla Tomljanović?

Basic facts:

  • She was born in Croatia but has transferred her nationality to Australia.

  • Her highest professional singles ranking was No. 38 in February of this year. She is currently 46 years old.

  • She reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon two years in a row.

  • Her favorite city to visit is…Charlotte, North Carolina, maybe not the biggest tourist destination in the world, but where she has family.

  • She entered the WTA Main Draw in 2009 and finished in the year-end top 100 in 2013.

  • Her father played handball. (For American readers who don’t follow the Olympics, we mean the one with the net, not the wall.)

  • Her fondest tennis memory is her first time on the court with Chris Evert, so it’s a bit of a shame Evert wasn’t on the broadcast tonight. Mary Jo Hernandez with John McEnroe and Chris Fowler.

The pre-match pomp and circumstance is coming to an end. here we go…

Meanwhile, in men’s tennis…

top seed Daniel Medvedev Once again had the pleasure of following Serena at Arthur Ashe Stadium, facing Wu Yibing And reminds me when I see cheap tricks to open the indifferent Robert Plant in best form.

But like the women’s draw with Serena, the highlight of the men’s draw is the progress of the veterans Rafael Nadaldespite hitting his nose, he made progress today.

It’s as if the women’s tennis match takes place in an alternate timeline and Serena follows Spock through a time wormhole, or whatever makes it possible Leonard Nimoy Appears in the Star Trek reboot.

None of these players have ever played Serena.

no Danka Kovinic, Serena’s first-round opponent is here. Not Cantavit. Not Tomljanovic, tonight’s opponent.

Not Samsonova or Krunich (names will be at the end of this post), her expected fourth-round opponent.

Not the quarterfinal opponent she expected, the fifth seed Ons Jabeur and 18th seed VEronica Kudmetovathey have won the third round.

Not even the top seed Iga Svetektwo-time French Open champion, but not so great on hard courts.

If these players were budding prodigies whose youthful swagger shielded them from Serena’s mystery, perhaps they would have had more chances. Kontaveit gained confidence for a while, fighting back in the first set to force a tiebreaker before passing Serena in the second, but Serena always seemed to catch her breath before unleashing her rage in the third.

But with the exception of 21-year-old Świątek, these are seasoned players who know they should be intimidated, even if Tomljanović came up with a novel way to stop the crowds that were already annoying her when she was a few pitches away while playing.

(It’s a home field advantage rarely seen in tennis, if ever. Sometimes a few cheer on an opponent’s serve error, but for the most part it’s a group of people who appreciate it – Sere Na herself has also shut down fans who complained about line calls, an unusual complaint in a tournament where line calls are judged electronically.)

The most interesting bracket now will identify Serena’s potential semifinal opponents. Coco Gough beat madison key In a showdown of young American players inspired by the Williams sisters.Tonight at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu face a solid player Caroline Garcia.

Serena still needs to win five games to match Margaret CourtThe record of 23 Grand Slam titles was set in a time when the field of competition was far less expansive than it is today. The streak is over and Serena may end before she gets a chance to play in the dream final. But no one in this field makes you think, “Yeah, that guy is going to beat Serena.” Not after seeing Williams play Wednesday as a so-called underdog who completely surpassed the No. 2 player in the world.

(These names: Lyudmila Samsonova and Alexandra Kronick.)

Can Bianca Andreescu stop Serena? We'll have to wait a while to find out.
Can Bianca Andreescu stop Serena? We’ll have to wait a while to find out. Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports

Keep an eye out for those in the world of sports betting today.

if you bet Serena Williams There’s a good chance you bought your ticket at 50-1 odds before Monday. Now she’s in the 14-1 range. Doesn’t that seem a little too skeptical considering her performance in the first two rounds?

At this point, we have to ask – who will beat her?

defending champion Emma Raducanu? First round out.

Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina? Also out in the first.

second seed Annette Kontaveit? Lost to someone on Wednesday… oh yeah… Serena Williams.

How about the two-time champion Naomi Osaka, a player like Serena whose recent lack of activity and success overshadows her abilities? No. at first.

Also out in the second round: No. 3 seed Maria Sakkari and the fourth seed Paula Badosa.

All told, only six of the top 11 made it to the round of 32.

Serena will play tonight Ajera Tomljanovic, the 46th player in the world. If she wins that match, she will face the winner of a match between No. 35 Samsonova and No. 96 Krunic on pitch 17. Bonus points if you know their names. The answer is in the next article. This has been my longest week since I’m essentially describing a cosmic arrangement I haven’t seen since the 1987 Harmonic Convergence.

The bad news for Serena is that she and Venus Williams Lost the doubles opener on Thursday night. But that just means more rest for those at the age where men start buying flashy cars to make up for their receding hairlines and dad bodies. (Not me. I have a sensible car.) She can focus on beating a range of opponents, their resumes compared to Serena’s, and my book sales compared to children’s authors Dave Pilkey(Yes, I’ve been working in the library lately, I have sneaker tracks on my back, and all the kids are scrambling to get the latest Dogman books.)

Bo will come soon. Meanwhile, here’s Melissa Lawrence Corbett’s joint farewell to Serena at Venus last night.

Serena Williams often said that without Venus there would be no her. So if this is indeed the last time they’ll play together, it’s fitting that they play the doubles match on Thursday night the same way they did more than two decades ago: as a team — the Williams sisters.

After they officially retire, you’ll find them on the pages of sports, business, health, fitness and fashion magazines. The Williams sisters transcended sports. They have obliterated records, shattered barriers and precedents to the point that there are few disciples left like Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka. Any chance of being the first black woman to win a professional Grand Slam? gone.First black woman to win Olympic singles gold and Doubles? gone. First black woman to win a Grand Slam title in singles, doubles and mixed doubles? gone. The first black woman to be number one? gone.

What remains is a sporting heritage unmatched in its impact and cultural significance. The Williams sisters changed how the game was played and who was involved. It’s been 41 years since Althea Gibson won her last Grand Slam title and Serena won her first. Today, the four black women who participated in this year’s U.S. Open won a combined 35 Grand Slam singles titles.

With five Olympic medals (one silver, four gold), Venus is the most won by any tennis player (male or female) in the Open Era. Serena was second with four gold medals. They were a perfect 14-0 in the Grand Slam doubles final. Black women — Serena (23), Venus (7) and Osaka (4) — rank among the top three active female players. There are more black women in the main draw for the 2022 U.S. Open than there were African Americans in last year’s World Series.

Venus and Serena have reshaped tennis so much that it’s easy to forget what they were like before they arrived. Before Venus and Serena, women’s tennis matches were rarely played in prime-time in the United States. Billie Jean King fights for equal prize money in the majors. But that didn’t happen at all four majors until Venus and Serena started attracting huge TV ratings.

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