Serena Williams set to face Ajla Tomljanović in third-round match

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It’s clear that something very special is happening in New York this week as I arrived today.

From the day she burst onto the scene as a precocious teenager, and then became a grand slam champion at the age of 17, Serena Williams has always been a major draw, but this is different.

Her impending retirement means that tickets to her matches are now an extremely scarce commodity and such has been the demand to see her play that this US Open is set to surpass last year’s total attendance record by the time it hits the quarter finals — Serena Williams is the hottest ticket in sports.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium has been packed to the rafters for her first two singles matches so far, and for her opponents, it must feel like they’re stepping into the Lions Den; the challenge for Alja Tomljanović tonight will be to block out the hyper partisan crowd and to somehow forget the name of her opponent.

If she can do that, she might get to say that she ended the career of the greatest of all time.

September 3, 2022 at 04:37AM

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