On a Busy First Day at the U.S. Open, All Eyes Are on Serena Williams

 Swiatek is seeded No. 1 for the first time this year at the U.S. Open and is trying to secure her first Grand Slam title somewhere other than the red clay of Roland Garros.

But on the eve of the U.S. Open, Swiatek had another priority: finally working up the courage to meet Serena Williams, a formidable champion whom Swiatek said made her feel like “a kid from kindergarten just looking at her.”

On Sunday, Swiatek posted a photograph of her with Williams on her social media accounts: “This is the highlight of my day,” Swiatek wrote on Twitter

“Congratulations on your amazing journey and legendary career @serenawilliams. Huge respect for everything you have done for our sport.”

Serena Williams’s Farewell to Tennis The U.S. Open could be the tennis star’s last professional tournament after a long career of breaking boundaries and obliterating expectations.

Over 27 years, Serena Williams dominated generation after generation of opponents and changed the way women’s tennis is played, winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles and cementing her reputation as the queen of comebacks.

A quarter century later, Venus, 42, and Serena are the only women in this year’s draw who also played in the 1997 Open.