‘I Was Enjoying Dinner’ – Naomi Osaka-Slayer Danielle Collins’ Laid-Back Reaction to Serena Williams’ Victory at US Open 2022

Published 08/31/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 7, 2020 Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S reacts during a change of ends during her quarter final match Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

American tennis maestro Serena Williams is going to bid goodbye to tennis after the ongoing US Open. The 40-year-old revealed her retirement plans in her interview with Vogue magazine. The 40-year-old started her final US Open campaign on Monday.

She registered a brilliant straight-set victory to advance into the second round. The entire world remained glued to their TV screens, as it could have been her last match. However, her fellow American tennis star Danielle Collins was not watching the match.


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Here’s the reason that she gave for skipping Serena Williams’ match.

Danielle Collins was confident of Serena Williams’ victory

Serena was not in great form entering the last Grand Slam of her career. The 40-year-old returned after a long injury break to feature in the Wimbledon Championships this year. After losing her first-round match there, Williams played in three other matches in the American swing.

However, she managed to win only one of them. Serena went into the US Open after a heavy defeat against Emma Raducanu in the Cincinnati Masters. It made everyone believe Serena might not go past the first round in the US Open. However, Danielle Collins was pretty sure of Serena making it to the second round.

“I mean, to be honest, I knew it wasn’t over for Serena yet. I had full confidence in her. So I was enjoying dinner… I just kind of knew I was going to get to see her play again, so I had full confidence,” Collins said.


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The 40-year-old will next face Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in her second-round encounter. Meanwhile, Collins won her first-round match in the US Open defeating four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

Serena to play doubles in the US Open

Serena Williams will partner with her elder sister Venus Williams to play women’s doubles in her last US Open. The duo has accepted the wild card entry to the tournament and will begin their campaign tomorrow. While both Serena and Venus have achieved a lot of success in singles individually, their doubles prowess is often ignored.


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Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The legendary sister duo has won 14 Grand Slam titles and three Olympic gold medals together.

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The two played together for the last time in the 2018 French Open. Although it’s hard to predict how the pair will fare, it surely will be a treat to watch for the fans of the Williams sisters.




Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Paras Pande