NEW YORK — First lady Michelle Obama will play in the women’s final at the U.S. Open.
Michelle Obama stopped by the U.S Open yesterday and wowed the spectators with her fierce play. She played against Serena Williams, clocked a 105-mph serve .
U.S. Open officials – at the request of The White House – have put Michelle Obama in the semi-finals against Caroline Wozniacki. The White House and Michelle Obama are confident she can win her first U.S. Open title – and her first tennis match – ever.
Before her match, Obama spoke to a group of local youngsters as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.
“I know I have a talent for tennis, but I wanted to be a lawyer instead,” she said. “But you don’t have to be as good as me to enjoy it.”
Obama then went on the court and in played what was first scheduled to be a “friendly game” against Serena Williams.
“The First Lady game to play,” said Williams. “I was hitting it gently to her and she was slamming them back at me. I started playing for real and – she kicked my butt.”
Obama will be the first First Lady to appear in a U.S. Open Final.
“I’ve been trying to get to the U.S. Open my entire life,” Obama said.
She later took in the men’s quarterfinal matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Joined by former and current players Billie Jean King, James Blake and Katrina Adams, Obama recalled that she didn’t get into tennis until after law school because there were few courts where she grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Obama praised the U.S. Tennis Association’s efforts to build kid-sized courts around the country and recruit more youngsters to the game.
Now she hopes she and her daughters will still be playing when they’re in their 90s.
“It’s a sport you can do forever,” Obama said. “I love it.”
Does Obama think she can defeat Wozniacki. “It won’t even be close,” the First Lady said.