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Serena Williams begins US Open run with straight-sets win

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Her expected retirement will have to wait. The 23-time major champion won her first-round match

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You know, I always just got to do the best that I can," Williams said to the crowd after the match

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Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and ranked singles world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA)

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Along with her older sister Venus, Serena Williams was coached by her parents Oracene Price and Richard Williams

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Turning professional in 1995, she won her first major singles title at the 1999 US Open.

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From the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open, she was dominant, winning all four major singles titles

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The next few years saw her claim two more singles majors, but suffer from injury and decline in form.

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Beginning in 2007, however, she gradually returned to form despite continued injuries, retaking the world No. 1 singles ranking

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Williams has also won 14 major women's doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.

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Williams is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time