After announcing earlier this month that the countdown to her retirement had begun, Williams will step on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows for what could be her final appearance in a Grand Slam singles event.
"We love you Serena," fans screamed as the 23-time Grand Slam title winner appeared for what could have been the final singles match of her career.
The audience roared its support in unison as the film snagged Best Feature despite receiving the cold shoulder from Oscars with zero nominations.
The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT), with Abe's ashes carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo by his widow, Akie, to music from a military band and the booms of the honour-guard salute, which echoed inside the hall.
Russians on Saturday paid their final respects to the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, in a ceremony held in Moscow without much fanfare and with President Vladimir Putin notably absent.
Forever has the pen been the crutch I leaned on, the sword I fought my battles with, today I curse it. I curse the pen that is forced to write these words too soon. The same pen you put in my hands and taught me how to use is now bidding you farewell.
Somare died on Feb.26, aged 84, just weeks after he was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer. He served as leader four times and was the country’s first prime minister after Papua New Guinea (PNG) gained independence from Australia in 1975.