SERENA WILLIAMS is back in action at the US Open in what could be the FINAL match of a stunning career.
The American legend, 40, is expected to retire following the Flushing Meadows tournament, and faces world No 2 Anett Kontaveit TONIGHT.
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Williams 7-6 2-6 Kontaveit
Game and second set!
A flawless set from the No 2 seed from Estonia.
And we are going the distance here on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Has Serena got one last effort in her?
Williams 7-6 2-5* Kontaveit
Serena takes care of business on serve.
Kontaveit will serve for the second set after the change of ends.
Surely too much for Serena to do to force her way back into this set.
Williams 7-6 *1-5 Kontaveit
Another stunner from Kontaveit rounds off an all too comfortable service game for Serena’s liking.
She’s one game away from forcing a decider.
Williams 7-6 1-4* Kontaveit
Double break restored for the No 2 seed.
A brilliant comeback in that game when it looked like Serena was going to reduce her arrears to 3-2.
Kontaveit back in control of the second set.
Williams 7-6 *1-3 Kontaveit
The onslaught is over.
Serena breaks and gets on the board in the second set.
Kontaveit still has a break, but she looked a little tense in that game.
Williams 7-6 0-3* Kontaveit
Oh wonderful, wonderful stuff from Kontaveit.
She hits her 10th winner in this set to make it a double break.
Superb comeback this from the 26-year-old.
Williams 7-6 *0-2 Kontaveit
Sublime from Anett.
She’s come out swinging in this second set and it’s paying off.
A hold to 15 to consolidate the break and swing the momentum in her favor here.
Williams 7-6 0-1* Kontaveit
Anybody who thought that first set might break Kontaveit… think again.
She has just broken to love in a perfect start to the second set.
Serena just on a little come down after the high of winning the breaker, maybe.
Williams 7-6 Kontaveit
Game and first set!
Serena Williams is a set to the good against the No 2 seed on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Just one poor drop shot from Kontaveit cost her on her serve.
And that mini break was enough for Williams.
Incredible atmosphere inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams 6-6 Kontaveit
They change ends level at 3-3 in the breaker.
It’s been a high quality one so far. One flash of brilliance or mistake will decide this.
Williams 6-6 Kontaveit
Solid as a rock from Serena.
And she’s forced a first set tiebreak.
Excellent set of tennis so far from both these two.
Williams *5-6 Kontaveit
That’s a brilliant hold from Kontaveit.
She has really come back strong in this set when Serena was serving for it a minute ago.
An excellent drop shot to finish, and she bounds back to her chair guaranteed at least a tie break.
Williams 5-5* Kontaveit
What a response from the No 2 seed.
She comes firing back at Serena and reduced her to 0-40 on her serve.
Serena fired in one big serve to save the first break point, but she can’t hold Kontaveit off for long.
Back on serve in the first set.
Williams *5-4 Kontaveit
This time she’s got it!
Serena Williams takes this break point and she’ll serve for the first set.
This is brilliant from the 40-year-old – against the No 2 seed in the draw.
Williams 4-4* Kontaveit
Another comfortable hold for Serena. She’s definitely having the easier run on serve at the moment.
You’d say she’s ahead on points if this were a boxing match.
Strokes are on point and she’s moving really well too.
Williams *3-4 Kontaveit
What a game. A huge hold for Kontaveit.
She saved three break points there with some brilliant hitting of her own.
Serena put her under all sorts of pressure but she was up to the task.
Williams 3-3* Kontaveit
Serena holds as well. Both women are playing very well.
This really feels like a heavyweight battle from the back of the court.
Serena is up to the challenge against the No 2 seed so far.
Williams *2-3 Kontaveit
A hush falls around Ashe again as Kontaveit holds once more.
She’s made a good start, the No 2 seed.
A comfortable hold to 15 keeps her nose in front in the first set.
Williams 2-2* Kontaveit
This time it’s Serena’s turn to save break point.
Kontaveit unleashed a brilliant return cross court on her forehand to bring up the break point.
But Serena dug deep and pulled through, to the delight of the crowd.
Williams *1-2 Kontaveit
Early chance for Serena. Two break points come and go.
Kontaveit will feel good about getting out of that game. She pulled out some big shots to keep Serena at bay there.
Williams 1-1* Kontaveit
A huge noise as Serena holds to get herself on the board early.
The serving looks good.
She seems like she’s in a rhythm with the groundstrokes too.
Williams *0-1 Kontaveit
Just the start the No 2 seed from Estonia was looking for.
She holds to love and silences the crowd early on.
Tonight will be a step up for Serena for sure from Monday night.
The umpire calls time, and we’re ready for this second round match to begin.
Not quite full yet on Arthur Ashe as fans are still making their way in.
But it will be soon, for sure.
Here they come
Anett Kontaveit gets a gentle applause as she walks onto court.
Serena Williams gets a huge cheer, after a video narrated by Queen Latifah.
Not sure if it’s the same video as Monday, it could well be.
Stars on show
We’re expecting some more famous faces tonight.
Tiger Woods and Dionne Warwick among the celebs rumored to be attending.
As well as 24,000 tennis fans cheering Serena on.
They’re still flooding into Arthur Ashe Stadium.