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Serena Williams extends career with US Open win, admitting: ‘It has been such a hard decision’

Serena Williams has extended her career by at least one more match after she beat Danka Kovinic at the US Open.

The 23-time major winner will retire from tennis after the tournament after a stunning career, and she rolled back the years to make a winning start.

Williams did look nervy at times, and she was given a stern test by Kovinic, but once she found her serving rhythm she was able to ease to a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win.

“First of all thanks, I didn’t expect any of this,” Serena Williams said on court after the US Open afforded her an emotional tribute. “I always have to do the best that I can. I have always felt so comfortable here.

“The crowd was crazy! It really helped pull me through. I was really pumped. I thought ‘I got this’.

“It has been such a hard decision because I think when you are passionate about something it is always hard to walk away.

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“I have been trying to decide what to do. I love this game because it keeps you fit – and that’s a bonus.

“I think now’s the time. I have a family and there’s other chapters in life. I call it evolution.

“It’s like Serena 2.0. I will still be crazy, I’ll still be intense. I’ll still be around.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.