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Serena Williams wins her first match of her last U.S. Open

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Last US Open for Serena and she wins

Serena Williams won her first match on Monday night in what's anticipated to be her last U.S. Open. 

Serena Williams, of the United States, makes a heart with her hands after defeating Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. 

"Just keep supporting me," Williams said after the match, "as long as I'm here." 

-Serena Williams

Williams defeated Danka Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows in New York City — the site of Williams' first U.S. Open win in 1999, when she was 17. 

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Earlier this month, Serena Williams, now 40, announced her plans to get retired from tennis, after a decades-long career in which she dominated and made the women's game and that includes 23 Grand Slam singles titles. 

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"It's the hardest thing that I could ever imagine," Williams said. "I don't want it to be over, but at the same time I'm ready for what's next." 

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Since signing with Nike in 2003, Williams has been a featured face of the brand and will continue her partnership with the company long after her retirement from the sport.