Serena Williams showed she’s determined to end her glittering sports career in style – in both tennis and fashion – as she danced on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, looked like a rock star, and walked away with a second-round match ahead.
Appearing in front of a 25,000 celebrity crowd to chants of “GOAT,” Williams appeared every inch the queen of tennis glamor in a stunning custom Nike gown, complete with a crystal-embellished bodice and train, which was inspired by the ensembles worn by figure skaters, revealed the mark.
Daughter Olympia, watching from the stands, wore a mini-me version of the dress with white pearls in her hair as a nod to the same style her mother wore when she debuted at Flushing Meadows in 1998.
Williams, 40, who announced her retirement in a Vogue interview earlier this month — without actually using the word — looked sensational in the shimmering all-black tennis outfit, which included a six-layer skirt — to represent each of her six US Open wins .
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GOAT getup: Serena Williams took to the court in an eye-catching all-black outfit, including a glitter train, gold lace tags, diamond-encrusted Nike tags on her shoes, and crystals in her hair
Nike said the star, who announced her retirement earlier this month, provided “the full vision” for the exciting design, which is believed to be inspired by figure skaters
Glamour: Serena Williams beat Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic (6-3, 6-3) in the first round of Monday night’s US Open, with crystals through her hair and PE NikeCourt Flare 2s, which included a diamond-encrusted Swoosh, along with the deubrés made of solid gold tip
However, the star admitted in the post-match interview at Flushing Meadows after beating Montenegrin Danka Kovinić 6-3, 6-3 that she had to remove four of the said layers to play comfortably.
Nike’s kit designers didn’t hold back when it came to ensuring that one of William’s final on-pitch ensembles was an outfit to remember.
“Inspired by graceful competition dresses worn by figure skaters, the embellished bodice and skirt put Serena in the spotlight and allow her freedom of movement,” said a brand spokesperson.
The brand collaborated with the star and designers from her jewelry company Serena Williams, with diamonds on her shoes, crystals in her hair and jewels on the bridal-style train and over the sheer tennis dress – inspired by the night sky’ she wore to Kovinić in straights sentences to do.
In an on-court interview after the game with an enthusiastic Gayle King, she admitted: “I had six layers to represent the six wins, but I removed four because it was too heavy.”
Ahead of the tournament, the star collaborated with Nike on the final kit, with the brand saying that Williams “provided the full vision and dialed in the details for an exciting design that was created to make her feel comfortable and confident”.
Their shoes were NikeCourt Flare 2 made of PE, which included a diamond-encrusted Swoosh, along with the solid gold deubrés – Nike’s name for its signature lace tags located at the front of the shoe.
Though a far cry from traditional metal design, Serena had much more intricate alternatives featuring 400 hand-set diamonds.
In the stands, Serena’s daughter Olympia, almost five, wore white pearls, which Serena wore when she first appeared at the tournament as a teenager, and a mini-me version of her mother’s glittery outfit.
Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian sat alongside one of the biggest celebrities of the night, the couple’s daughter Olympia – who wore white pearls which Serena wore when she first appeared at the tournament as a teenager
Serena Williams earned an easy first-round win over Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Monday night in Flushing, Queens
Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic on Monday night in New York
The match was the hottest ticket in town in New York on Monday, with a star-studded crowd at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Vera Wang, Mike Tyson, Hugh Jackman, Anna Wintour and even Bill Clinton were all on hand to cheer Serena on See Williams starts her latest US Open with an easy win.
Anthony Anderson, Huma Abedin, Spike Lee, Rebel Wilson, Lindsey Vonn and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor were in attendance, as was Mayor Eric Adams.
Williams could not have chosen a better place to say goodbye than Flushing, where she has won six singles titles and two doubles crowns in front of New York celebrities, many of whom were seen sitting together on Monday night.
People hold up signs that read ‘We love you Serena’ during a ceremony following her first-round victory at the US Open
Mike Tyson was spotted alongside retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova and her well-behaved lap dog
nna Wintour watches ahead of Monday’s game between Serena Williams and Montenegro’s Danika Kovinic in Queens
Tyson was alongside retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova and her well-behaved lapdog, while Clinton was curious alongside Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the famous German-American sex therapist and talk show host. And of course, Serena’s billionaire husband Alexis Ohanian was pictured alongside one of the biggest celebrities of the night, the couple’s four-year-old daughter Olympia.
Of course, the demand to see Williams one last time was historic. The average resale price for tickets to this year’s US Open has risen 68 percent to $512 since the announcement of William’s retirement, according to ticketing and marketing analytics firm TicketIQ.
Actor Hugh Jackman (C) watches as Serena Williams plays in their first round match against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro
Curiously, Bill Clinton sat next to German-American sex therapist and talk show host Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Meanwhile, ticket prices on the secondary market for Monday’s first-round match surged 300 percent, with the average ticket price hitting $987 — a record since TicketIQ began collecting data in 2011.
And of course, those fans didn’t pay to see Kovinic taking on Williams and the entire Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.
“The crowd went crazy,” Williams said during her post-game ceremony. “They really helped me get through. I was really pumped up, like, “Yeah, I got that.”
“I just want people to think about how hard you try,” Williams continued, speaking to CBS’ Gayle King. “It’s so important to give it your all, no matter what you’re doing, no matter how many obstacles you face. I’ve been out in public so many times and I needed to come back but never give up.
“It sounds cliche, but no matter what you’re going through, I just want people to be inspired by my story. I’m from Compton, California and I made it.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11159859/Serenas-lavish-Open-farewell-outfit-including-diamond-encrusted-Nike-bridal-style-trai.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Serena’s VERY lavish US Open farewell outfit, including a diamond-encrusted Nike wedding dress