(CNN) — Serena Williams, who is taking part in what is likely the final tennis tournament of her illustrious career, opened the singles match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Danka Kovinić in the first round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams will open doubles with her sister Venus on Wednesday.
It was Serena Williams’ third match since she announced she was “evolving away from tennis.”
“I’ve never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve viewed this as a transition, but I want to be careful how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people,” Williams said in a Vogue article published earlier this month.
“Perhaps the best word to describe what I intend to do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me,” she said.
Williams meets world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the Round of 64. It will be their first career meeting.
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