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WATCH: Tiger Wood’s hilarious fist pump celebrates Serena Williams taking the first set against Annette Kontaveit at the US Open

Even in the farewell tournament, Serena Williams showed the tennis world that she is still a force to be reckoned with, taking the first set against world number two Anett Kontaveit in a thrilling tiebreak.

Despite breaking her serve while serving the set, the 23-time Grand Slam champion kept her nerve to shut out the set, to the delight of fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium. One of the fans in attendance was golf star Tiger Woods, who was watching the proceedings from the Williams players box.

While the rest of her entourage became unruly after the former world number one took the group, Woods joined them in celebration, pumping his fists with ecstasy to show his appreciation for his compatriot and old friend.

The 40-year-old lost the second set 2-6 and is currently battling with Kontaveit in the decider. The winner of the match will face either Agla Tomljanovic or Evgenia Rodina in the third round.

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams begin their doubles campaign tomorrow at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Venus and Serena Williams will play the opening doubles match at Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow
Venus and Serena Williams will play the opening doubles match at Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow

Regardless of her result today, Serena Williams will return to Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow in partnership with her sister Venus Williams in the doubles category. The duo earned an enviable night session slot, where they will face off against the all-Czech duo Linda Noskova and Lucy Hradica.

The elder Williams also played a singles role at the 2022 US Open but lost to Alison van Uytvanck in straight sets in her opening match. While Serena Williams has won six singles titles at Flushing Meadows and Venus Williams is a two-time singles champion, the sisters have won the doubles event twice so far – in 1999 and 2009.

Thursday’s standings at Arthur Ashe Stadium: 12pm: Ega Swiatek vs. Sloane Stephens 7pm: Serena Williams/Venus Williams vs. Lucy Hradica/Linda Noskova#USOpen

The Williams sisters also have an impeccable record in Grand Slam finals, winning all 14 of their summit encounters so far. And about their engagement this year, Venus Williams confirmed that this was her younger sister’s idea, possibly influenced by the fact that this was her farewell tournament.

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Having not played together for more than half a decade, the 42-year-old hoped they would have one last solution in New York before they put their rackets on hold.

“yes, [playing in the doubles] It was Serena’s idea. “She’s the boss,” said Venus Williams, “so do whatever you ask me to do.” I don’t think we’ve played since 2016, but maybe we got it wrong. We’ve had some great victories. It would be nice to add more.”

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