Celebrity fans cheer Serena Williams on for victory at the US Open

Nothing but (forty) love! Serena Williams is hailed to victory by celebrity fans while Bella and Gigi Hadid, Zendaya and Jared Leto lead the famous faces celebrating their emphatic US Open win

  • The decorated athlete defeated Estonian Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in front of a packed USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York’s Flushing Meadows
  • Stars including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Zendaya, Jared Leto and former alpine skier Lindsay Vonn watched from the stands and cheered on her victory in the second round
  • Having previously announced her intention to “evolve” away from tennis, many thought Williams could pull the curtain on her career at Flushing Meadows, but it didn’t happen
  • The 23-time Grand Slam champion defeated the seed No. 2 in a three-set thriller on Wednesday night to set up a third-round match against Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic

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Serena Williams was cheered to victory by an army of celebrity fans as she brushed aside retirement in an emphatic win at the US Open on Wednesday night.

The decorated athlete defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in front of a sold-out USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, in the second round of the annual championship – her last as a player.

From the stands, supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid watched along with actors Zendaya and Jared Leto, former alpine skier Lindsay Vonn and golfing legend Tiger Woods as she proved there was still much to come in an already busy tournament is.

Support: Serena Williams was cheered to victory by an army of celebrity fans including supermodel sister Bella and Gigi Hadid as she brushed aside her retirement in an emphatic win at the US Open on Wednesday night

Delighted: Gigi and Bella celebrated after another winning set for Williams

Support: Serena Williams was cheered to victory by an army of celebrity fans including supermodel sister Bella and Gigi Hadid as she brushed aside her retirement in an emphatic win at the US Open on Wednesday night

Well done: The decorated athlete defeated Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in the second round of the annual championship in front of a sold-out USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing Meadows neighborhood of New York

Well done: The decorated athlete defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in the second round of the annual championship in front of a sold-out USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing Meadows neighborhood of New York

Elsewhere in Arthur Ashe’s bleachers was Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a tennis fan who was also in the audience at Serena’s first-round match on Monday. Film director Spike Lee also made his second appearance in one of Williams’ matches at the tournament.

Actress Zendaya was first spotted at the tournament in Arthur Ashe’s stands, accompanied by her mother, Claire Stoermer, and her assistant, Darnell Appling.

English singer Seal, known to be formerly married to Heidi Klum, was one of the many celebrities to be seen in the stands.

Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian was without their daughter Olympia this time, but still cheered for his wife with other family members.

We've got your back: Gigi Hadid was on his feet as Serena cheered alongside fellow fan Lala Anthony in Flushing Meadows

We’ve got your back: Gigi Hadid was on his feet as Serena cheered alongside fellow fan Lala Anthony in Flushing Meadows

Taking part: Actress and singer Zendaya watched during Wednesday night's competition at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows

She is happy: The actress greeted the viewers with a smile

Taking part: Actress and singer Zendaya watched during Wednesday night’s competition at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows

In good company: Zendaya, who is globally famous as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had brought her mother, Claire Stoermer, to the star-studded audience

In good company: Zendaya, who is globally famous as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had brought her mother, Claire Stoermer, to the star-studded audience

Having previously announced her intention to “evolve” away from tennis, many expected her to pull down the curtain on her illustrious career at Flushing Meadows, but the star wasn’t ready to take the final bow just yet.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion defeated No. 2 Kontaveit 7-6 2-6 6-2 in a three-set thriller on Wednesday night to set up a third-round match against Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic .

In the first-round match at what is expected to be the last US Open – and final tournament – of a notable playing career, Williams overcame a shaky start and overpowered Kovinic in straight sets.

Williams wasn’t at his best early on. There were double faults. Other missed beats, missed opportunities. She took a 2-0 lead but then quickly fell back 3-2.

Say cheese: Jared Letp was seen taking photos as he took his seat at the venue ahead of Williams' win

Say cheese: Jared Letp was seen taking photos as he took his seat at the venue ahead of Williams’ win

The devil wears tennis shorts: US Vogue editor Anna Wintour was also in the audience at Williams' second-round match in Flushing Meadows

Upbeat: The Vogue editor rarely smiled as she waited for the match to begin

The devil wears tennis shorts: US Vogue editor Anna Wintour was also in the audience at Williams’ second-round match in Flushing Meadows

Good times: Gigi and Bella were seen digging into chicken nuggets as they watched Williams defeat Kontaveit

Good times: Gigi and Bella were seen digging into chicken nuggets as they watched Williams defeat Kontaveit

Then suddenly, less than a month after turning 41, Williams looked a lot more like someone with six championships at Flushing Meadows and a total of 23 Grand Slam titles — numbers that started in tennis’ professional era, which began in 1968 have not been surpassed to anyone .

She rolled through the end of that opening set and crowned it with a service winner, to which she responded with clenched fists and her trademark yell, “Come on!” The more than 23,000 in attendance rose to a thunderous standing ovation – and did so again when the 1 hour and 40 minute competition was over, celebrating as if another trophy had been won.

Yes! Gigi, fists raised, threw herself into the spirit of opportunity as she watched Williams win another set on Wednesday

Yes! Gigi, fists raised, threw herself into the spirit of opportunity as she watched Williams win another set on Wednesday

Legend: Tiger Woods sat alongside his girlfriend Erica Herman while watching the tennis ace in action at the US Open

Tiger Woods beamed as he watched Serena Williams

Legend: Tiger Woods sat alongside his girlfriend Erica Herman while watching the tennis ace in action at the US Open

The couple reacted enthusiastically to the developments below

The couple reacted enthusiastically to the developments below

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Bradford Betz

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