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SERENA WILLIAMS begins her final Grand Slam campaign at the US Open TONIGHT.

The tennis legend, 40, takes on Montenegrin world no 83 Danka Kovinic at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams – who has won the US Open six times as part of her 23 major triumphs – is expected to retire from tennis following her campaign at Flushing Meadows.

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    Williams 6-3 *0-1 Kovinic

    Some big moments early in the second set.

    Kovinic is forced to deuce and comes through some dicey moments to hold serve.

    A set and an early break really would've put Serena in command.

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    Williams 6-3 Kovinic

    Game and first set!

    A huge noise erupts at Arthur Ashe Stadium – Serena Williams is one set up.

    It was a 10-minute game to finish it in which she had to save three break points.

    But the serve came up trumps when she needed it there.

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    Williams *5-3 Kovinic

    A break to love! 10 straight points for Serena and she is serving for the first set.

    That's three games in a row for Serena and a lot of it has just been a gift from Kovinic.

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    Williams 4-3* Kovinic

    That's just the service game Serena needed.

    A quick hold with first serves hitting their spots.

    That allows her to dominate points and keep them short as well.

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    Williams *3-3 Kovinic

    And back and forth we go in this topsy turvy first set.

    Kovinic thought she held there when a ball from Serena seemed to be looping out but it just caught a piece of the line.

    And a double fault hands Serena the game to stop the rot.

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    Williams 2-3* Kovinic

    A break of serve for Kovinic and a hushed silence around Ashe.

    Serena looked to get out of a bit of trouble with some big serves there, but her opponent kept coming back and got the job done.

    Worrying signs for Williams. That's three games in a row for the Montenegrin.

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    Williams *2-2 Kovinic

    And we're level again on Ashe.

    A solid hold from the Montenegrin and she's handled this early adversity very well.

    Not many in here are cheering her on tonight.

    Former boxer Mike Tyson watches the actionCredit: Reuters
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    Williams 2-1* Kovinic

    It's a break back, and we're back on serve.

    Williams is missing a lot of first serves and that's leading to pressure on her service games.

    Her forehand fails her on 30-40 as it drops into the net and Kovinic has an immediate break back.

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    Williams *2-0 Kovinic

    Serena breaks after a brilliant rally – finishing it off with a drive forehand volley at the net.

    Kovinic didn't get enough height on that lob and she loses her opening serve.

    Good footwork from Serena and focus looking strong. She already looks a lot better than against Raducanu a fortnight ago in Cincinnati.

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    Williams 1-0* Kovinic

    That's quite a crowd roar after just winning the first game.

    Serena got out of a hole early on as two double faults led to two break points against her.

    But she holds and the crowd love it.

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    Ready to go

    Warmups are done.

    Serena Williams will serve first and we're ready for PLAY!

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    Here she is

    Serena Williams emerges onto Arthur Ashe Stadium to an amazing reception after an intro video narrated by Queen Latifah.

    What a moment.

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    A wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Arthur Ashe Stadium and we're ready to go now.

    The crowd is full and the players will be on their way in a matter of moments.


    Serena Williams walks off the practice courtCredit: AP
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    One moment in time

    A bit of a Whitney Houston tribute as well with the singing of 'One Moment in Time'.

    The crowd is filling up nicely.

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    The opening ceremony is underway on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

    And we have a tribute to Ukraine to kick us off.

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    A bit of news

    Mike Tyson has been seen arriving… without his walking stick.

    Great to see.

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    Stage set

    The crowd are streaming into the biggest tennis court in the world.

    Serena and Danka Kovinic are moments away from heading onto the court now.

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    Final hit

    Here's Serena walking to the practice court a little earlier for a last tune up…

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    Serena time

    Right, under 20 minutes now until the evening session begins.

    Tickets courtside are apparently swapping hands for $4,000 for this.

    And celebrities in attendance will include Hugh Jackman, Mike Tyson and possibly Barack Obama.

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    I fancy Felix Auger-Aliassime to make some noises this fortnight in Flushing.

    The No 6 seed has just got through in four sets to the second round.

    The young Canadian will have plenty of fans backing him in New York.

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    Dressed to impress

    Serena Williams will be wearing a figure skating-inspired dress she helped design tonight.

    It will have 6 layers, to mark the fact she's a 6-time US Open champion.

    And her shoes will have a diamond encrusted Nike Swoosh.

    Talk about making an effort.

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    On deck

    Just a word about what's coming up tomorrow.

    There's a Spanish feel on Ashe with Carlos Alcaraz kicking this off and Rafael Nadal in action during the night session.

    We also have Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka in action on the main court.

    Defending champion Emma Raducanu will be the headline act on Louis Armstrong Stadium in the night session.

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    Alive at night

    It's a pretty busy night session, as it always seems to be in New York.

    Nick Kyrgios will follow Serena onto Ashe tonight when he faces fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis.

    Fritz vs Holt will be the night game on Grandstand starting shortly.

    And Louis Armstrong Stadium has No 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in action as well as No 14 seed Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

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    Serena's resume

    It's pretty impressive. She's won 23 slam titles and only one behind Margaret Court's all-time record.

    Surely she couldn't make a magical run all the way to the championship here… could she?

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    American dream

    There's plenty of American interest here on home soil, and a couple in show court action.

    Madison Keys is a set and a break up on Louis Armstrong Stadium right now.

    And Taylor Fritz will be on Grandstand court shortly for an all American clash with Brandon Holt.

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