Catherine McNally, seventeen and a half, programmed in night session on the biggest court in the world against queen Serena Williams, absolutely did not run out of oxygen on Wednesday night for more than an hour.
Spectacularly playing with her punchy serve and dynamic forehand, the 121st WTA, the young American, won the first run against the icon. She continued to try to move forward but Williams, not always to his advantage technically, was able to contain his young compatriot to end up overplaying, increase his own level of play and get by in three rounds, just before midnight (5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in 1h54).
" I will do better next time "
Still 993rd worldwide ten months ago, McNally has already beaten eight of the top 100 players this year. Particularly offensive, attracted by the net (some nice service-volley and even reverse-volley sequences, against Williams!), She has for the moment been overshadowed by Cori Gauff, at the still more exceptional precocity (almost two and a half years of less than it!), but it seems likely that the American tennis holds there a future top 10.
When Williams, his road to a potential twenty-fourth Grand Slam title remains open, even if it will raise his level of play to hope to win its first major since the Australian Open 2017. She knows: "She showed no fear and played her all, it's nice to see young people doing as well. I made too many mistakes until the middle of the second set, including forehand, so I thought: "Go Serena, get out of here." I'm not really happy with the game I produced tonight but I survived. I will do better next time. "
In the third round, Serena Williams will face the winner of the match scheduled this Thursday between Hsieh Su-Wei and Karolina Muchova.