Serena Williams v Danka Kovinic: US Open tennis 2022 – live!

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Serena Williams wins 6-3, 6-3

Kovinić starts her attempt to stay in the match with a double fault. Then it’s 0-30. Another fault. An unforced error. Three match points. She only needs one, running Kovinić back and forth until the Montenegrin finally bows out with a backhand into the net.

Williams 6-3 5-3 Kovinić* (* denotes next server)

Kovinić simply can’t handle Serena’s serve any more. A backhand winner finishes things off as Serena holds at love.

*Williams 6-3 4-3 Kovinić (* denotes next server)

Kovinić gets her serve going – one drilled close to Williams’ body that is returned wide, then a nicely placed ace down the middle for 40-15. Kovinić has an unforced error on the next point but settles nicely to hold.

Williams 6-3 4-2 Kovinić* (* denotes next server)

This bodes well for the Serena-Venus doubles campaign here – Serena’s net game looks good, with a couple of impressive volleys off…

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This article was written by Beau Dure and originally published on www.theguardian.com