Serena Williams slides into her third US Open round with the resounding cheers of her loved ones!
On Wednesday, August 31, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) champion bravely fought against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in an intense match at the famous Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 40-year-old emerged triumphant and got roaring support from fans, family, celebrities, and fellow athletes like golf legend Tiger woods.
Tiger Woods Enthusiastically Celebrates Serena Williams’ Second US Open Victory
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 1, 2022
There are a few talented individuals that have surpassed the expectations of their field in the world of sport. Woods and Williams are good examples of these gifted individuals. The undisputed G.O.A.T of their respective games came together at the US Open, with the World Golf Hall of Fame inductee serving as a member of the tennis superstar’s cheering squad.
Following the 23-time Grand Slam singles title-holder’s victory against Kontaveit on Wednesday, the 46-year-old golf pro paid tribute to Williams with a heartwarming post. Taking to Twitter, a day after the hard-fought match, the Byron Nelson Award winner dropped sweet praises that read: “It was a privilege to watch greatness. Congrats, @serenawilliams.”
For those who missed Woods’s appearance at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, SportsCenter shared a short clip of the 18-time World Golf Champion’s passionate show of support. In the video, the Cypress native was spotted in Williams’ private box at the stadium. The 46-year-old donned a gray baseball cap, black tea, and jeans with a US Open ID card around his neck.
Surrounding the golf legend was the Olympic gold medalist’s loved ones, including her older sister Venus, who sat beside Woods’s girlfriend, Erica Herman. The WTA icon must have delivered one of her signature powerful slams as the crowd went wild in the footage. In the athlete’s player box, everyone stood up to celebrate the moment.
It was a privilege to watch greatness. Congrats @serenawilliams
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 1, 2022
As for Woods, the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree could not contain his excitement as he got up from his seat with a fierce roar. Similarly to how the 46-year-old would celebrate hitting a hole-in-one or a winning putt, the golf superstar pumped his arm in the air. As he gave Williams a classic fist pump, the athlete’s bulging bicep did not go unnoticed.
This enthusiastic response went beyond a typical relationship between two professionals. The US Open reported that the Serena clothing line founder reached out to Woods about her retirement. Before the 40-year-old announced that 2022’s tournament would be her last, the mother-of-one initially planned to leave the sport earlier this year. Fortunately, her longtime pal stopped her from quitting too soon.
According to the entrepreneur, Woods convinced her to stick around for more competitions before ending her iconic career. In Williams’ words: “He’s Tiger, and he was adamant that I be a beast the same way he is!” Following her second victory at the US Open, the Sportsperson of the Year award winner lauded her friend with praises, telling the news outlet:
“He’s one of the reasons I’m here, one of the main reasons I’m still playing. So we talked a lot. He was really trying to get me motivated. We were like, ‘Okay, we can do this together.’ “
Williams confessed that Woods’s advice came in handy as she felt lost at that moment. Fortunately, the “On The Line” author found the clarity she needed in the golf legend’s words.
Gayle King Sang The ‘Being Serena’ Star’s Praises Following First US Open Win
As shared by The Blast, Gayle King had nothing but the highest praises for Williams after the 40-year-old defeated Danka Kovinić in an intense 2-set game. The former No.1 World ranker triumphed over her opponent, beating her 6-3 in both sets at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. This match marked the athlete’s first victory in her farewell US Open tournament.
Following Williams’ court domination, King had the honor of interviewing the legendary player and could not stop herself from glorifying the athlete. During their discussion, the 67-year-old described the mother-of-one as the woman responsible for changing the “hue and complexion” of women’s tennis.
According to the broadcast journalist, she was proud of the Grand Slam Champion, going as far as comparing the athlete’s greatness to the lyrics of Beyoncé’s song, “Alien Superstar.”