US Open 'will pay tribute to Serena Williams with farewell ceremony'... and she 'invites 100 guests'

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US Open 'will wage tribute to Serena Williams with a farewell ceremony' adjacent if she wins Monday's archetypal circular match... arsenic the retiring champion 'invites astir 100 guests' to a sold-out Arthur Ashe for the occasion

  • Serena Williams, 40, is expected to discontinue from tennis aft the US Open 
  • The 23-time Grand Slam victor plays Danka Kovinic connected Monday evening
  • US Open organizers volition bid farewell after, adjacent if she wins connected Arthur Ashe 

By Jack Bezants For Dailymail.Com

Published: 01:58 BST, 29 August 2022 | Updated: 02:53 BST, 29 August 2022

Whatever the effect connected Monday night, the US Open volition enactment connected a farewell ceremonial for Serena Williams arsenic she brings the curtain down connected her glittering career.

Williams volition play Danka Kovinic connected Arthur Ashe successful the evening session, the standout necktie successful the archetypal time of the US Open. 

The 40-year-old Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, is expected to discontinue aft her location major, meaning Monday's lucifer could feasibly beryllium her past successful singles contention if she were to lose.

And according to the New York Post, the 23,800 sell-out assemblage volition ticker connected aft her lucifer arsenic US tennis pays tribute to her stunning career.

The work adds that Williams volition astir 100 guests connected hand, comprising of household and friends, to ticker her successful action.

Williams heads into Monday's lucifer with a 1-3 grounds since returning to enactment astatine Wimbledon earlier this year.

The US Open volition wage tribute to Serena Williams connected Monday, whether she wins oregon loses

Williams is expected to discontinue from tennis aft the US Open, which begins connected Monday 

Williams is stepping distant successful portion to absorption connected her household - pictured present with her hubby Alexis Ohanian, the laminitis of Reddit, and their girl Olympia

She was beaten by defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu astatine the Cincinnati Open earlier successful August but adjacent for Williams now, her necktie with Kovinic is simply a winnable one.

The 27-year-old from Montenegro heads into the Williams showdown successful a five-match losing streak.

But adjacent if Williams loses Monday, determination volition beryllium 1 different accidental to spot her connected the tribunal arsenic she is besides competing successful the doubles alongside her sister, Venus.

And she has, successful truth, been coy implicit the information that the US Open is perfectly her past tournament. 

Upon announcing her plans to discontinue successful aboriginal August successful Vogue, Williams said: 'I person ne'er liked the connection (retirement).

'It doesn't consciousness similar a modern connection to me. I've been reasoning of this arsenic a transition, but I privation to beryllium delicate astir however I usage that word, which means thing precise circumstantial and important to a assemblage of people.

Danka Kovinic volition reason Williams successful what could beryllium the American's last singles match

Williams has struggled for signifier going into the US Open and precocious mislaid to Emma Raducanu

'Maybe the champion connection to picture what I'm up to is evolution,' she continued. 'I'm present to archer you that I'm evolving distant from tennis, toward different things that are important to me.'

Williams not lone wants to walk much clip with her husband, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, and their five-year-old, Olympia, but she is hoping for different child.

'In the past year, Alexis and I person been trying to person different child, and we precocious got immoderate accusation from my doc that enactment my caput astatine easiness and made maine consciousness that whenever we're ready, we tin adhd to our family,' Williams wrote. 

'I decidedly don't privation to beryllium large again arsenic an athlete. I request to beryllium 2 feet into tennis oregon 2 feet out.'

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