By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter
FLUSHING, NY — Oh no, she didn’t. Oh yes, she did.
Serena Williams did her best imitation of Serena Williams in 1999 with a stirring and emphatic 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 2 Annett Kontaveit of Estonia.
The boisterous sold-out crowd was behind the legendary 40-year-old all night.
She played brilliantly in spurts, especially in the winning third set saying afterwards,” Now, it’s kind of coming together.”
The quality of play by both players far exceeded the Williams opening match on Monday, when nerves were at play.
While No. 2 in the world, Kontaveit has never made it to any Grand Slam quarters.
Williams won 73% of her first serves and had a narrow 101-100 edge in total points won.
With the win and the possibility of Williams in the September 10th women’s final, the average ticket price for that event soared to an average of $1,940.00.