NEW YORK — The US Open is off and operating, and Venus Williams is about to play her first singles match on Tuesday.
On Monday evening, her sister, Serena Williams, put on a spectacular present in a match she has hinted might be one in every of her final earlier than she retires.
As CBS2’s John Dias reported, fans eagerly darted by the turnstiles for the second day of the match.
“The US Open is awesome. It’s a great venue to watch tennis,” Dallas resident Craig Moody instructed Dias.
“Compared to Wimbledon, this is the best viewing of tennis,” Shannon Moody added.
“I coach tennis, so when I come here, it’s like Disneyland for me. I love it,” stated Greenwich resident Kent Friedman.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is still buzzing with, following the present she put on inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday evening. The 23-time Grand Slam champion overcame some early sluggish play of a match that might be her farewell to skilled tennis.
“She looked very good. She looked better than she’s looked in the last couple of tournaments,” Garden City’s Ray Feeney stated.
Dias met twin sisters from Bellmore who stated they had been pleased to be watching a few of the greats, however the Williams sisters are their idols.
“What do you guys like about tennis so much?” Dias requested.
“It’s fun,” one stated.
“It’s fun, and I like to hit the balls,” added the opposite.
From far and large, fans have been making their means to Queens for the Open. Peter Tan got here along with his household from the Philippines, saying it is a dream come true.
“It’s been part of my bucket list to complete the Grand Slams. This is my second Grand Slam,” he stated.
Another individual residing out their dream was Fifi Bell-Clanton, co-owner of The Crabby Shack. It’s the primary time the Black-owned business is a part of the US Open, and he or she stated moments like this propel small companies to better success.
“We constantly are striving to reach higher goals and big platforms like this, and the sky’s the limit. I want more. Bring it on,” she stated.
Wednesday can even be an enormous day because the Williams sisters play collectively in doubles.