Friday, September 30, 2022

Serena Williams Loses To Ajla Tomljanovi In The Third Round Of Her Farewell Match At The U.S. Open

Serena Williams lost her chance to advance in the U.S. Open on Friday, possibly in the final match of her brilliant career. Nevertheless, her influence on the sport she controlled for more than two decades would be felt for years to come.

Williams was sobbing as she left the court after losing to Ajla Tomljanovi in three sets while the stadium audience applauded for the legend who had transformed the game.

“These are happy tears,” Williams said during an on-court interview.

“Thank you so much, you guys were amazing today,” she said. “It’s been a fun ride.”

She acknowledged her family and expressed her gratitude for her husband, Alexis Ohanian, their daughter Olympia, who frequently attends the matches, her parents, and her sister, Venus Williams.

“It all started with my parents and they deserve everything,” she said. “I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you Venus,” Williams added.

Williams reflected on her career and claimed it was the “most incredible” adventure she has ever taken.

“I’m just so grateful, because yeah, you got me here,” Williams said to the crowd.

She stated that she had no intention of continuing her tennis career but added, “But you never know,” despite her belief that she wouldn’t play any more matches.

On Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams, the 23-time grand slam singles champion who is widely regarded as the best of all time, competed in what was probably her last professional tennis match.

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