- of her final U.S. Open

Serena Williams wins the opening game

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In what is rumored to be her final U.S. Open, Serena Williams triumphed in her opening match on Monday night.

Williams defeated Danka Kovinic in New York City's Flushing Meadows' Arthur Ashe Stadium by 6-3, 6-3.

Williams received tributes from fans and fellow athletes as she got ready to compete on Monday, and also made Time magazine's cover.

Williams has claimed six U.S. Open singles titles, the most recent in 2014. She has a 20-0 record in first-round matches at the U.S. Open, making her the clear favorite. 

Serena has lately made a comeback after battling injuries, and is currently placed 605th in singles. Kovinic, 27, her opponent, is placed 80th.

Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles championships in her tenure till now.

According to sports analyst Howard Bryant of Meadowlark Media, Williams has only competed in four bouts so far this year and has only achieved one victory.

Williams, 40, revealed earlier this month that she will be retiring from tennis after a long career in which she dominated and changed the women's game.

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