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Serena readies farewell as US Open begins

Serena readies farewell as US Open begins

Serena Williams will take centre stage as the US Open gets under way on Monday with the 23-time Grand Slam winner preparing to bid an emotional farewell to tennis.

After announcing earlier this month that the countdown to her retirement had begun, Williams will step on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows for what could be her final appearance in a Grand Slam singles event.

In Monday's sold-out night session, which starts at 7:00 pm (2300 GMT), Williams will face Montenegro's Danka Kovinic, the wo

Elsewhere in the women's draw, Poland's world number one Iga Swiatek will look to claim her second Grand Slam title of 2022.

In the men's draw, Spanish great Rafael Nadal is chasing a fifth US Open crown and 23rd Grand Slam title in a draw that is missing Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic was barred from entry to the United States over his refusal to get vaccinated against Covid-19, putting him at odds with US government travel restrictions for overseas visitors.