Serena Williams, who said last month that she was "moving away from tennis," wowed a cheering, sold-out crowd at the US Open as she beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-3.
As Williams stood at the net after her win, she spun around in a black top with gold sparkles and put her left arm up to the sky with a big smile.
Williams' double faults hurt her in the first set. She overcame early nerves to win 6-3 because Kovinic was struggling.
Williams' second-set serve improved. Williams grew more confident in the second set, while Kovinic lost control of the match. Williams won 6-3 to win the match and advance.
When Williams wins the first set at the US Open, she's 99-3 and the best player. Williams has reached the semifinals in all 11 Flushing Meadows appearances.
Bella Hadid, Bill Clinton, Queen Latifah, Spike Lee, and other A-listers cheered as Gayle King paid tribute to Williams after the match.
Williams said, "The crowd was crazy." "It helped me get through a lot. I was very excited. I thought, "Yes, I can do this.""
Williams will try to win her seventh US Open singles title, and she will also play in the doubles tournament with her sister, Venus. Williams is looking forward to that very much.
Williams will now move on to the second round and play with Anett Kontaveit. In her first match of the tournament, Kontaveit beat Jaqueline Cristian in straight sets.