Part­ing Shot

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New York City, Aug. 26

Ser­ena Wil­liams roared with ex­cite­ment — and, most likely, re­lief — af­ter beat­ing her teenage op­po­nent, Caty McNally, dur­ing the se­cond round of the U.S. Open. The 17-year-old ath­lete gave the ten­nis star, 37, a run for her money in the first set, but Ser­ena eventually pre­vailed be­fore ad­vanc­ing with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win. While the 23-time Grand Slam cham­pion was able to take back con­trol of the game, at the end of the day, she was grate­ful for the chal­lenge — be­cause it makes her a bet­ter ath­lete. “It’s great be­cause I want to be able to win matches where I’m not play­ing my best and come through,” Ser­ena later told re­porters. “I need to be tested.”

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