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Serena Williams starts US Open with a persuading singles win

opened singles play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Danka Kovinić in the first round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Williams will face world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the singles round of 64, also on Wednesday

Williams took 10 of the final 13 games against Kovinić, a 27-year-old from Montenegro who is ranked 80th in the world

during a ceremony celebrating her tennis career

Williams said she got a boost from the vocal crowd of almost 24,000 people

"The crowd was crazy," she said.

She won 33 of 43 first serve points