Serena Williams is cheered to victory by celebrity fans at the US Open

Serena Williams was cheered to victory by a veritable military of celebrity fans as she pushed retirement to one facet throughout an emphatic victory at the US Open on Wednesday night. 

The embellished  sportswoman defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in entrance of a packed USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre at New York’s Flushing Meadows throughout the second spherical of the annual championship – her final as a participant. 

Watching from the stands, supermodel sister Gigi and Bella Hadid joined actors Zendaya and Jared Leto, former Alpine skier Lindsay Vonn and {golfing} legend Tiger Woods regarded on as she proved there is nonetheless loads to come throughout what has already been an eventful event. 

Support: Serena Williams was cheered to victory by a veritable military of celebrity fans, amongst them supermodel sister Bella and Gigi Hadid, as she pushed retirement to one facet throughout an emphatic victory at the US Open on Wednesday night

Well performed: The embellished sportswoman defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in entrance of a packed USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre at New York’s Flushing Meadows throughout the second spherical of the annual championship

Elsewhere in the stands of Arthur Ashe had been Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a tennis aficionado who was additionally in the crowd on Monday for Serena’s first spherical match. Film director Spike Lee additionally made his second look at one in all Williams’ matches this event. 

Actress Zendaya was noticed in the stands of Arthur Ashe for the first time this event, with the actress accompanied by her mom Claire Stoermer and assistant Darnell Appling. 

English singer Seal, who famously used to be married to Heidi Klum, was one other one in all the extensive number of celebrities glimpsed in the stands.

The star was noticed cuddling up to his daughter Leni Klum, 18, as they arrived at the New York venue forward of Williams’ victory. 

While exterior the venue, Seal, 59, who introduced up Leni together with his ex-wife Heidi Klum, wrapped an affectionate arm round his adopted eldest youngster.

We’ve received your again: Gigi Hadid was on her toes as cheered Serena on alongside fellow fan Lala Anthony at Flushing Meadows

Power: Williams raised a triumphant first as she navigated her means to spherical three of the competitors on Wednesday 

Getting concerned: Actress and singer Zendaya watched on at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows throughout the contest on Wednesday night 

In good company: Zendaya, who enjoys world fame as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had introduced her mom Claire Stoermer together with her into the star-studded viewers

Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian was with out their daughter Olympia this time, however nonetheless cheered on his spouse with different members of her household. 

Having beforehand introduced her intention to ‘evolve’ away from tennis, many anticipated that she may convey the curtain down on her illustrious career at Flushing Meadows, however the star was not fairly prepared to take her last bow. 

The 23-time Grand Slam champion knocked out No. 2 seed Kontaveit 7-6 2-6 6-2 in a three-set thriller Wednesday evening to set-up a third-round match in opposition to Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic. 

In the first-round match at what is anticipated to be her final US Open – and final event – of a outstanding enjoying career, Williams overcame a shaky begin to overwhelm Kovinic in straight units.

Say cheese: Jared Letp was seen taking photographs as he took his seat inside the venue forward of Williams’ victory 

Disappointment: Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit was overwhelmed 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 by Williams throughout a tough contest at the US Open 

The satan wears tennis shorts: US Vogue editor Anna Wintour was additionally in the crowd for Williams’ second-round match at Flushing Meadows

Good instances: Gigi and Bella had been seen tucking into rooster nuggets as they watched Williams defeat  Kontaveit

Early, Williams was not at her finest. There had been double-faults. Other missed strokes, missed alternatives. She went up 2-0, however then rapidly trailed 3-2. 

Then, immediately, Williams, lower than a month from turning 41, regarded much more like somebody with six championships at Flushing Meadows and 23 Grand Slam titles in all – numbers by no means exceeded by anybody in the skilled period of tennis, which started in 1968.

She rolled by way of the finish of that opening set, capping it with a service winner she reacted to with clenched fists and her trademark cry of ‘Come on!’ The greater than 23,000 in attendance rose for a raucous standing ovation – and did so once more when the 1-hour, 40-minute contest was over, celebrating as if one other trophy had been earned.

Yes! Gigi threw herself into the spirit of the event with fists raised as she watched Williams win one other set on Wednesday

Legend: Tiger Woods sat alongside girlfriend Erica Herman whereas watching the tennis ace in motion at US Open

Go on Serena! Zendaya and her mom reacted enthusiastically to the developments down under

Pure pleasure: Gigi and Bella had been totally invested in proceedings as they watched the motion at Flushing Meadows 

Well performed: Gigi applauded as the crowd watched Williams’ newest triumphant show throughout the US Open 

Place to be: English singer Seal, who famously used to be married to Heidi Klum, was one other one in all the extensive number of celebrities glimpsed in the stands after arriving with daughter Leni 

Close: Seal cuddled up to his daughter Leni Klum, 18, as they arrived at the US Open in New York

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