A star-studded audience at Arthur Ashe Stadium was joined by crowds of fans in the outside area during Williams's opening round U.S. Open match.
Serena Williams, dressed in an elegant jacket and the cape dangling out of her waist and walked out to ear-splitting applause while her daughter,
and then started preparing for the event to comethe opening match of what is likely to be Williams's final U.S. Open, her final major tournament.
"The crowd was crazy," Williams stated during an on-court ceremony that was held to pay tribute to her following the event. "It really helped pull me through."