US Open 2022 grades: Serena Williams’s sendoff gives way to second week of intrigue

The Serena Open is over. Allegedly. And what a five-day event it was. A sendoff befitting a regal and unrivaled player. High production value. High celebrity quotient. High prices. High ratings. High quality tennis—so much so that the featured performer has left the door open (if ever so slightly) to continue. She didn’t add to her haul of Majors—”23 and Me” endorsement?—but represented herself (and tennis) brilliantly.

Now, the second week brings a conclusion to the 2022 US Open that had been deeply obscured—very rightly so—by Serena. Contenders come in all shapes and sizes and ages, foreign and domestic. That includes both his and hers No.1 seeds (Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek); and a player (Rafael Nadal) who himself might end up with 23 Majors.

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