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The time for Serena Williams's planned retirement has been postponed. The 23-time major winner defeated Danka Kovinic in straight sets at the US Open on Monday night, winning 6-3 and 6-3.

Williams told the fans after the game, "You know, I've always just got to do the best that I can." I feel completely at ease on this court, in front of this crowd. As soon as I step foot on the court

all I want to do is give it my all and play as well as I possibly can. That's the best I can do under the circumstances. Williams, who is 40 years old, announced her retirement from tennis

in a first-person essay published in Vogue earlier this month. Since then, she has been honoured with a farewell tour, including standing ovations at the Canadian Open and the Western & Southern Open

On Monday night, the sold-out crowd of nearly 24,000 was on its feet before Williams even took the court. The audience included a who's who of A-list celebrities and notables such as former President

Bill Clinton, Spike Lee, Lindsey Vonn, Bella Hadid, Rebel Wilson, Vera Wang, Mike Tyson, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Gladys Knight, Martina Navratilova, and even Coco Gauff. After a film about Williams's

famous career, which was narrated by Queen Latifah, the stadium erupted in cheers when Williams was named the "Greatest Of All Time." The cheers continued every time play stopped.

Williams told reporters, "The reception was extremely overwhelming." It was so loud and I could actually feel it in my chest. It was an amazing sensation. That meant a lot to me and it was an emotion

With her 102nd victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium Williams now holds the record for most Grand Slam singles titles won by a woman with 366. The match ended with an on-court celebration honouring Williams

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