Serena Williams begins what is expected to be her final US Open with a match against Montenegro’s Danka Cavinic, but things could turn sour quickly for the 23-time Grand Slam champion with second seed Annette Kontaveit possibly waiting for a winner.

The US Open draw, released on Thursday, did Williams no favors, with the 40-year-old American in the final quarter, where fifth seed Ons Jaber of Tunisia, Wimbledon runner-up No. 10 Daria Kasatkina of Russia -th place, and last year’s finalist, who lost to Leyla. Fernandez from Canada is hiding everything.

Williams announced her intention to retire from tennis this month, saying she was “retiring from tennis” but never confirmed that the US Open would be her last tournament.

Still, the tennis world is gearing up for a massive retirement party at Flushing Meadows that fans hope will be a long one.

On Monday, Williams begins her bid for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title against a player she has never faced before.

But the six-time US Open winner will be wary of Kovinic, who is ranked 80th and has had a career-best Grand Slam finish this year, reaching the third round of the Australian and French Opens.

Top seed and world No.1 Igo Swiontek opens against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini and leads the first half of the draw, including eighth-seeded American hope Jessica Pegula and 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, as well as major winners GarbiƱe Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Petra Kvitova.

Britain’s Emma Raducanu, who took the tennis world by storm last year at Flushing Meadows by going from qualifier to Grand Slam winner, will begin her title defense against Alize Cornet.

The 19-year-old will be up against the French veteran, who is competing in a record 64th consecutive Grand Slam and reached the quarter-finals at this year’s Australian Open and the last 16 at Wimbledon, where she ended Swiontek’s 37-match winning streak. . .

The main first-round match could be between two-time US Open champion Naomi Osaka and 19th-seeded American Danielle Collins, an Australian Open finalist.

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