The Rush: Serena Williams serves up the glitz, glam and glory at U.S. Open

Serena Williams is not ready to call it quits just yet, winning her first round U.S. Open match against Danka Kovinic. Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to a restructured one-year deal to stay with the 49ers after months of being on the trade block. PLUS: Serena’s first round match at the US Open had everything: an awesome entrance, celebrities galore and an adorable mini-me situation with Serena’s daughter Olympia!

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- The greatest of all time, Serena Williams.

JARED QUAY: Now that's what I call an entrance. Serena Williams took center court at the US Open in her final tournament. And to say there was a buzz in the air is a understatement. Serena came out rocking the hair sparkles and the shoe sparkles. And perhaps the best part of Serena's entrance was seeing her daughter in the same outfit. Adorable.

And even crazier was Olympia sporting Serena's hairdo from her first Grand Slam Championship at the US Open in '99. Serena got off to a shaky start against Danka Kovinic, nerves clearly at play as she committed a couple of double faults. But Serena did what Serena has always done. And she battled back.

- And the winner--

JARED QUAY: The old Serena showed up. And if that won't scare an opponent, I don't know what else will.

- Oh, that's just too good.

- [INAUDIBLE] first set--

- And there it is.

JARED QUAY: With a star-studded US Open crowd behind her, the GOAT road to a straight sets victory and into the second round.

- Game, set, and match, Williams. Two sets to love.

JARED QUAY: So retirement is going to have to wait.

- And you hate to lose. It is great.

JARED QUAY: Jimmy Garoppolo is staying put with the 49ers, agreeing to a restructured one-year deal. He's getting 6 and 1/2 million guaranteed and could earn another 9 and 1/2 million in bonuses.

- Sounds nice.

JARED QUAY: It does, doesn't it? But let's remember, this comes after months of the 49ers trying to trade Jimmy's ass out of San Francisco. On one hand, Garoppolo has got to feel pretty good earning a hefty paycheck to ride the bench as the backup to Trey Lance. But on the other hand, the only reason he's got this restructured deal is because no one wanted to trade for him.

- Nobody wants him.

JARED QUAY: Correct. Sure he led the Niners to a Super Bowl a while back. But let's be honest. He might have been the worst part of that team. But it's not all bad for Jimmy. Backup quarterback is the cushest job in all of sports if you ask me. Throw some passes at practice, beat Trey Lance's hype men, high five the guys on the bench, make more money than 90% of the team. And at your contract, you're making more than 90% of the league. Hell. You're making more than a couple starting quarterbacks. I think you make more than Lamar this year.