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Serena Williams readies farewell as US Open begins

Serena Williams practices ahead of her US Open first round match as her glittering career draws to a close

NEW YORK: Serena Williams will take centre stage as the US Open gets under way on Monday with the 23-time Grand Slam winner preparing to bid an emotional farewell to tennis.

After announcing earlier this month that the countdown to her retirement had begun, Williams will step on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows for what could be her final appearance in a Grand Slam singles event.

The 40-year-old sporting and cultural icon won the first of her Grand Slam titles at the same venue in 1999, lifting the trophy as a fresh-faced 17-year-old.

In Monday’s sold-out night session, which starts at 7:00 pm (2300 GMT),…

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