Serena Williams begins US Open run with victory over Danka Kovinic at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Serena Williams' expected retirement will have to wait at least another two days. The 23-time major champion won her first-round match, 6-3, 6-3, over Danka Kovinic at the US Open on Monday night.

Since Williams, 40, announced her impending plans to "evolve" from tennis in a first-person essay in Vogue earlier this month, 

she's been given a farewell tour of sorts, and received standing ovations at both the Canadian Open and the Western & Southern Open.

On Monday night, the sold-out crowd of nearly 24,000 -- which included a laundry list of A-list celebrities and notables, including former President Bill Clinton, Spike Lee,

Lindsey Vonn, Bella Hadid, Rebel Wilson, Vera Wang, Queen Latifah, Mike Tyson, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Gladys Knight, Martina Navratilova and even Coco Gauff -- was on its feet before Williams even took the court. 

After a video narrated by Queen Latifah was shown summarizing her legendary career, Williams was introduced to the crowd as the "Greatest Of All Time" to loud cheers that continued during any break in the action throughout the match.

It was Williams' 102nd win at Arthur Ashe Stadium -- the most by any player since it opened in 1997 -- and extended her record for Grand Slam victories by a woman to 366