NEW YORK — The US Open is off and working, and Venus Williams is ready to play her first singles match on Tuesday.
On Monday evening, her sister, Serena Williams, placed on a spectacular present in a match she has hinted might be considered one of her final earlier than she retires.
As CBS2’s John Dias reported, followers eagerly darted by means of the turnstiles for the second day of the event.
“The US Open is superior. It is an excellent venue to look at tennis,” Dallas resident Craig Moody informed Dias.
“In comparison with Wimbledon, that is the perfect viewing of tennis,” Shannon Moody added.
“I coach tennis, so once I come right here, it is like Disneyland for me. I find it irresistible,” mentioned Greenwich resident Kent Friedman.
The USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle remains to be buzzing with, following the present she placed on inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday evening. The 23-time Grand Slam champion overcame some early sluggish play of a event that might be her farewell to skilled tennis.
“She regarded excellent. She regarded higher than she’s regarded within the final couple of tournaments,” Backyard Metropolis’s Ray Feeney mentioned.
Dias met twin sisters from Bellmore who mentioned they had been completely satisfied to be watching a number of the greats, however the Williams sisters are their idols.
“What do you guys like about tennis a lot?” Dias requested.
“It is enjoyable,” one mentioned.
“It is enjoyable, and I prefer to hit the balls,” added the opposite.
From far and broad, followers have been making their technique to Queens for the Open. Peter Tan got here together with his household from the Philippines, saying it is a dream come true.
“It has been a part of my bucket listing to finish the Grand Slams. That is my second Grand Slam,” he mentioned.
One other individual dwelling out their dream was Fifi Bell-Clanton, co-owner of The Crabby Shack. It is the primary time the Black-owned enterprise is a part of the US Open, and he or she mentioned moments like this propel small companies to larger success.
“We continually are striving to achieve increased objectives and large platforms like this, and the sky is the restrict. I would like extra. Deliver it on,” she mentioned.
Wednesday will even be an enormous day because the Williams sisters play collectively in doubles.