It may have been the ultimate match in arguably the best profession in sports activities — and the gang was prepared.
After her Spherical 1 match in opposition to Danka Kovinic on the U.S Open, together with her husband, daughter and the legendary Billie Jean King standing alongside her at middle courtroom and Hugh Jackman, Anna Wintour, Mike Tyson, Invoice Clinton, Lindsey Vonn, New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams, Anthony Anderson, Spike Lee and Martina Navratilova within the crowd, Gayle King interviewed a beaming Serena Williams after her straight-sets Spherical One win.
King then introduced that the gang had a shock for the 23-time grand-slam singles title winner.
“Earlier than you go, now we have another shock for you,” stated King earlier than prompting the packed crowd at middle courtroom for the massive reveal. At her signal, the 24,000 followers within the stands raised coloured playing cards in unison, most of which have been blue. Those who weren’t spelled out in large, white letters throughout all sides of Arthur Ashe stadium: “We Love Serena.”
Williams, who was decked out in a bedazzled gown with crystals in her hair, responded with a giant smile and a cheerful twirl.
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The entire ceremony was clearly in case Williams, who has spoken of retirement, misplaced and the match marked her last time at centre courtroom. The best of all time entered the world sporting a black, glittery cape to a standing ovation.
Serena Williams makes her grand entrance for the final tennis match of her skilled profession.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) August 29, 2022
However Williams will likely be again on Wednesday to face both Jaqueline Adina Cristian or the quantity 2 seeded Anett Kontaveit.