The 17-year-old initially gave Williams, 37, a scare Wednesday, within the second spherical of the US Open. However the 23-time main champion prevailed, advancing with a 5-7, 6-Three, 6-1 win in a single hour, 54 minutes.
Williams, seeded eighth within the draw, has by no means misplaced to a youngster on the US Open. Her report within the US Open second spherical improves to 19-Zero.
“I survived tonight,” Williams mentioned on court docket to ESPN.
McNally, who’s from the Cincinnati suburb of Madeira, Ohio, was making her US Open principal draw debut. Earlier this summer season, she received her first WTA doubles title, with 15-year-old Coco Gauff. The duo had received the US Open women’ doubles title collectively in 2018. She’s presently ranked 121st on the earth, a profession greatest.
“For me, I believe it simply exhibits that I am able to enjoying with the most effective — I received a set off Serena Williams,” McNally mentioned. “Had her shut within the second set, too. Had some possibilities. For me, it simply provides me a whole lot of confidence, exhibits me that I can compete out on the most important phases. Simply preserve my head down, I am prepared to return to work.”
On Wednesday, McNally didn’t take a look at all fazed below the brilliant lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, taking the primary set after a late break. Williams fought off within the second set after which went into cruise management, dropping simply 5 factors within the third. She received all 12 of her service factors in that last set.
Williams completed the match with a forceful forehand winner and pumped her fist. She had 32 winners, together with 10 aces, to 28 unforced errors. Williams additionally received 81% of factors on her first serve.
“I need to have the ability to win matches the place I am not enjoying my greatest, play gamers who’re enjoying nice, be capable of come by means of,” Williams mentioned in her post-match press convention. “I have to be examined, I assume. Sounds scripted. Really, I would quite not be examined in each match. However that does not occur, so it is essential for me to have these, like, actually tough, rowdy matches. That helps quite a bit.”
A six-time US Open champion, Williams is searching for her first title in New York since 2014 and her first grand slam title since 2017, when she received the Australian Open whereas pregnant.
Williams will subsequent face the winner between Karolina Muchova and No. 29 seed Hsieh Su-wei.
“I am alive,” Williams mentioned to ESPN. “I am nonetheless right here.”