NEW YORK - There isn't a single moment that Arthur Ashe Stadium is completely quiet.
It's too large and too empty. It is crowded with people hurrying to seats, having whispered conversations, or sipping glasses filled of $22 cocktail.
When tennis players enter the huge space made of steel and concrete they realize that this is not intended to be peaceful or relaxing.
Yet, when Serena Williams stepped to the starting line for what could be the final game of her long
and illustrious professional career not a any sound whatsoever. The normal hum and noise of the nearly 24,000
who had crammed inside the stadium had subsided into a quiet silence as if all those pairs of eyes were
fixed on the only person with the ability to create an event that will remain in their minds for all time.