Serena Williams bursts out laughing after being asked what she did on her bathroom break

Serena Williams bursts out laughing as she says she “just got lighter but it WAS NOT a No.2” after being asked what she did on her bathroom break before coming back to fight in the decider to win Anett Kontaveit

It was a night to remember for all present and the spectators at home as 40-year-old Serena Williams mustered the strength to win her second round match at the US Open against world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit.

Seemingly to turn back the clock, Williams delivered a brilliant performance in the first set, struggled in the second and then came out of the dressing room to dominate the third set with a final score of 7-6 2-6 6-. 2.

The occasion marked one of Williams’ best performances this season, with the third set being particularly notable as Kontaveit faltered and Serena strengthened.

So what was it about the toilet break at Flushing Meadows that got Serena to this point?

A reporter asked Serena if she did anything during her trip to the washroom that helped her focus her efforts on her dominant final set.

Serena Williams continues to write the history book after a second-round win on Wednesday

Serena Williams continues to write the history book after a second-round win on Wednesday

“Yeah, no, I’ve just gotten lighter,” Serena said, giggling to herself afterwards.

She implored viewers, “Use your imagination… but it wasn’t a number 2, so…” before getting lost in more giggles as the rest of the reporter corps burst into laughter.

No matter what Williams did, she seemed more composed and focused in that third set.

The 40-year-old threw out second-seeded Anett Kontaveit from the US Open on Wednesday

The 40-year-old threw out second-seeded Anett Kontaveit from the US Open on Wednesday

After her second-round triumph, Williams admitted she was in no rush to say goodbye in New York.

“There’s no hurry here,” she said. “I just love this crowd. It’s really fantastic. There’s still a little bit left in me, so we’ll see.’

When asked how she was able to beat the world No. 2 after playing very few games this year, Williams replied with a lopsided smile.

“Well, I’m a pretty good player,” she said before laughing. “I can do that best. i love a challenge I love taking on challenges.

She has a double duty ahead of her - doubles with Venus on Thursday, then third round on Friday

She has a double duty ahead of her – doubles with Venus on Thursday, then third round on Friday

“So yeah, I haven’t played a lot of games, but I’ve been training really well and the last few games it just didn’t come together and I was like, ‘But that’s just not me.’

“But in the last few games here in New York, it’s really come together. Maybe I should have traveled with you for the past few weeks,” she told the crowd.

When asked if she surprised herself with her level, she laughed and said, “No. I’m just Serena, so…”

Your focus is now on two events over the next two days.

First, she sees a reunion with her sister Venus in women’s doubles tomorrow against Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic.

On Friday night, Serena will then attempt to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open for the fourth time in five years, to do so she needs a third-round win over Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic.

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