Serena Williams is celebrated in a new commercial narrated by Beyonce

Superstars Serena Williams and Beyonce have teamed up in a new commercial to celebrate the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

Williams steps onto the court tonight at the US Open when she takes on Arthur Ashe in the evening session against world No. 80 Danka Kovinic, the outstanding draw on day one of the Grand Slam.

The 40-year-old revealed earlier this month that she is “evolving” from tennis, meaning the tournament at Flushing Meadows will be her last.

Before their swan song, American beverage company Gatorade ran an ad paying tribute to Williams. The ad, narrated by Beyonce, was unveiled at last night’s MTV VMAs.

“If the world writes her in history, we will start where she started,” begins the music icon. ‘By love. A love that sparked a movement. A movement to always love exactly who you are.

“Being so in love with your identity that your essence cannot be attained,” followed by a yell of “C’mon” from Williams during one of their matches.

Serena Williams prepares for the US Open

Beyonce narrated an ad in honor of the tennis star

Serena Williams (L) and Beyonce (R) have teamed up in a new ad to celebrate the tennis star

American beverage company Gatorade published an ad on Sunday paying tribute to Williams

American beverage company Gatorade published an ad on Sunday paying tribute to Williams

The ad alternates between actresses and clips of Serena as a child and her in action

The ad alternates between actresses and clips of Serena as a child and her in action

“Loving the sound of your voice and the way you move. Appreciating every muscle and curve in your body.”

The ad alternates between actresses and a montage of Serena as a child and her in action on the court.

“Feeling like a queen indefinitely, without apologizing, with a crown,” Beyonce continues.

The US Open will pay tribute to Serena Williams on Monday whether she wins or loses

The US Open will pay tribute to Serena Williams on Monday whether she wins or loses

Williams is expected to retire from tennis after the US Open, which begins today

Williams is expected to retire from tennis after the US Open, which begins today

“Always loving being a proud black woman. A parent, a dreamer who loves to always be yourself. The whole you, the real you, always loving – you.’

Williams announced her career and announced her decision the next month Fashionalthough a firm date on when she will leave has not been confirmed.

The news came after the American superstar recorded her first win in 430 days, but she said in the article: “It’s the hardest thing I can ever imagine. I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

Williams does not use the word “retirement.” “I’ve never liked the word,” Williams wrote in the latest issue of Vogue.

“It doesn’t seem like a modern word to me. I’ve taken this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.

Serena Williams announced her upcoming retirement in Vogue next month, in part because she wants to spend more time with daughter Olympia (right).

Serena Williams announced her upcoming retirement in Vogue next month, in part because she wants to spend more time with daughter Olympia (right).

Danka Kovinic will face Williams in what may be the American's last singles match

Danka Kovinic will face Williams in what may be the American’s last singles match

“Perhaps the best word to describe what I intend to do is evolution,” she continued. “I’m here to tell you I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me.”

Not only does Williams want to spend more time with her husband Alexis and their five-year-old Olympia, but the multiple champion revealed the couple is trying to have another child in the near future.

“For the past year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child and we recently received some information from my doctor that has put my mind at ease and that we can expand our family whenever we are ready . ‘ Williams wrote. “As an athlete, I definitely don’t want to get pregnant again. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.

Whatever the outcome on Monday night, the US Open will host a farewell ceremony as she pulls down the curtain on her glittering career.

The new commercial, narrated by Beyonce, was unveiled at last night's MTV VMAs

The new commercial, narrated by Beyonce, was unveiled at last night’s MTV VMAs

Williams in action at the US Open in 2000 against Nicole Prat at Flushing Meadows

Williams in action at the US Open in 2000 against Nicole Prat at Flushing Meadows

SERENA’S INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS HONOR ROLL

US Open: 6 titles (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Wimbledon: 7 (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)

Australian Open: 7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)

French Open: 3 (2002, 2013, 2015)

Olympic games: Gold, 2012

319 weeks as world No. 1

Prize money: $94,524,403 (1st place in all-time ranking)

She is expected to retire after her home game, meaning tonight’s game could potentially be her last in singles competition if she were to lose.

After her match, the 23,800 sold-out crowd will watch as US tennis pays tribute to her breathtaking career the New York Post.

The publication adds that Williams will have around 100 guests on hand, including family and friends, to see her in action.

Williams goes into Monday’s game with a 1-3 record since returning at Wimbledon earlier this year.

She was beaten by defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnati Open in early August, but even for Williams her tie with Kovinic is now winnable.

The 27-year-old from Montenegro goes into the Williams showdown on a five-game losing streak.

But even if Williams loses on Monday there will be another opportunity to see her on the pitch as she also competes in doubles alongside her sister Venus.

Gatorade posted alongside the ad on social media: “Where does the legacy of @SerenaWilliams begin? By love. Serena started a movement – to realize that if you love what makes you, you can do anything. This is a film for Serena, with [red love heart].’

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Maureen Mackey

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