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SET FOR ROUND 3: Serena Williams Pulls An Upset After Defeating No. 2 Seed At U.S. Open + Dionne Warwick Mistaken For Gladys Knight + Zendaya, Spike Lee & More Cheer Her On

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The tennis queen is QUEENING! Serena Williams has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open after defeating No. 2 seed AnettKontaveit in the U.S. Open’s second round. Several celebs were in attendance to cheer her on, including DionneWarwick who was mistaken for GladysKnight. Celebrate the tennis queen inside…

Serena Williams is making a magical run at the U.S. Open, which is likely her final grand slam tournament of her career after announcing she was retiring - or as she likes to call it - evolving. And it's bittersweet!

 

The 23-time Grand Slam winner had everyone on their feet celebrating after clinching another win at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York during the second round of the U.S. Open.

The 40-year-old tennis goat defeated No. 2 seed AnettKontaveit 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2. The tennis "experts" predicted this match would be her last, so she had to prove them wrong.

During the match, Serena showed great sportsmanship, calming the crowd down from booing her opponent.

 

The crowd was super energized and LIT cheering her on:

 

 

After her marvelous win, Serena was asked if she was surprised with her performance and she answered it in epic fashion.

After laughing at the question, she confidently answered, “I'm just Serena.” And everyone ate it UP! Peep the clip below:

 

 

PERIOD.

In the audience, several celebrities were in attendance including Zendaya (who turns 26 today), Spike Lee, LaLa Anthony, Anthony Anderson, Bella Hadid and more, as well as Serena’s husband/Reddit co-founder AlexisOhanian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Open announcers were trending during the match after they mistook singer DionneWarwick for singer GladysKnight, who was also in attendance.

 

 

 

 

The uber funny Dionne Warwick took to IG to react to the mixup, sharing a throwback picture of Gladys Knight: 

 

 

L-O-L. Undefeated. 

TV announcer/former tennis star ChandaRubin hopped on Twitter to explain the mixup:

 

 

”Too bad I was initially looking at the court (where Auntie Gladys was in the stands) and not our program monitor that showed Ms. Dionne... mistake was immediately corrected,” she tweeted.

Speaking of mixups...

During Round 1 of the U.S. Open, TV announcers confused “Orange Is The New Black” star LaverneCox for Beyonce.

 

 

Laverne took to Twitter to react:

 

 

”Girl it was me,” Laverne said to a Twitter user who was confused whether or not it was really Bey in the stands. Womp.

Also in the stands…

 

 

Serena’s daughter Olympia - who turns five today - was dressed like her mom, cheering her on, looking adorable as ever.

 

 

Adorbs.

Tonight, Serena - who currently covers TIME magazine - will hit the court alongside her sister VenusWilliams for a doubles match against Czech duo LucieHradecka and LindaNoskova. The Williams Sisters have won 14 doubles titles during their illustrious tennis careers.

 

Tomorrow, Serena Williams, a six-time singles champion at Flushing Meadows, will face AjlaTomljanović, 29-year-old Australian who is ranked 46th. We’ll be watching! Keep it locked to our Instagram account (@theybf_daily) for live coverage.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that Serena earns historic Grand Slam #24!

 

BONUS: 

 

 

Dionne Warwick checked gospel singer EarnestPugh after Serena's match, following a statement he made about her aunt, CissyHouston, mother of late singer WhitneyHouston. He shared a tweet that said Cissy had passed away and folks instantly believed him, which caused an uproar online.

“My Aunt Cissy is very much alive,” the 81-year-old icon tweeted, shooting down the rumors that Cissy passed away. “This Earnest Pugh needs to get a life and stay out of other people’s lives.”

Bloop!

The gospel singer returned to Twitter to apologize, sharing he didn't mean any harm and that his tweet was a "knee-jerk" reaction:

 

 

Glad that's cleared up.

Photo: zhukovsky/Depositphotos


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