(NEW YORK) — Retirement will have to wait for Serena Williams as she advanced last night at the U.S. Open after her first round win with lots of sparkle.
Some heavy hitters were called in for the celebration
What could have been a retirement party turned into a victory celebration as tennis pioneer Billie Jean King took to the court to speak directly to the queen of tennis.
One icon paying tribute to another, “Thank you for your leadership and commitment to diversity.”
Serena was then surprised with a short film narrated by Oprah.
“Whatever you do next. we’ll be watching.”
And then, it was Serena’s turn to speak, telling the crowd why it was time to finally step away, “I think now’s the time, you know I just, I have a family.”
Serena Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, highlighted the opening day of the tournament with a straight set with over Danka Kovinic.
This is probably her last tournament as she recently hinted at plans to retire to have a family.
Next up, the 40-year-old will face Anett Kontaveit, the number two women’s tennis player in the world.
That match is set for Wednesday. Williams will also play doubles in the event with her sister, Venus, as her partner.