Everyone expected Serena Williams to lose at the US Open for some reason. She didn't have to. Although Serena Williams is widely considered the GOAT of tennis

spell queen on the court—tennis fans, pundits, and event organizers still haven't sipped on the first night of the US Open Gatorade.

Winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles over 27 years, Williams announced her retirement from tennis in a self-penned essay for Vogue earlier this month.

She explained that she made the unspeakably difficult decision to walk away from the sport that made her a star to focus on her family

and venture capital firmBut first, she would take on the US Open in New York for the last time - and only then would she draw the curtains on one of the most inspiring stories 

In the 24 hours after Williams announced her retirement, StubHub reported that it sold eight times more tickets than the daily average and that 11% of the total number of tickets sold

total number of tickets sold for the event were purchased during that period (we call it "Serena power" ). The US Open is generally a boozy,

star-studded event, but last night's stands were filled with even more perfectly wet faces than usual: Laverne Cox, Rebel Wilson, Hugh Jackman, While the air surrounding Williams' final appearance