Serena Williams continues to prove there’s no reason to retire. In her last appearance at the US Open, she left no question as to whether she still “got it” or not. The 40-year-old champion faced second-seeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the second round of the tournament. About 2.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the fight on its network, according to ESPN, and a record number of tennis fans attended in person.
It was definitely worth seeing. The competitive players battled for all three sets, with Williams winning the first in a tie-breaker and Kontaveit decisively winning the second. Kontaveit appeared to have the momentum and some questioned Williams’ ability to win in the third set, but she managed, turning the result around and winning the match 6-2, according to CNN.
When asked how she managed to pull it off, Williams didn’t mince words. “Well… I’m a pretty good player,” she said, per CBS Sports. Others had a different theory, looking at the toilet break Williams took just before the final set. When asked about it, the tennis star had the perfect answer.
Serena Williams closed a reporter’s question about her bathroom break
‘King Richard’, the film about the Williams family and their rise to fame, featured a scene where Venus Williams was leading in her match and then thrown off track by her opponent, who took a leave of absence. Venus recalled to USA Today, “She took a bathroom break and I fell apart.” After a 6-2 win in the first set, Venus lost the next two. In her post-match press conference, Serena Williams was questioned by a reporter about a bathroom break she took at a crucial point in the game against Anett Kontaveit. According to the Daily Mail, they asked if she had done anything to focus on the last sentence.
Serena made it clear that her route to the dressing room wasn’t strategic and met the question with her signature wit and charm. “Yes No. I just got lighter,” she said. “Use your imagination.” She quickly clarified to the audience that it wasn’t “Number Two” that helped her defeat No. 2 Kontaveit.
As reported by ESPN, the match lasted almost two and a half hours, so a bathroom break seems quite appropriate. Nevertheless, the funny anecdote and the answer to the questions give a whole new meaning to “Flushing Meadows” – the location of the famous tournament.