The Serena Williams period has come to an finish — a minimal of for now.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion performed what’s predicted to be her ultimate expert tennis match on Friday on the US Open. She misplaced inside the third spherical in opposition to Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 in an exhilarating affair. Williams staved off 5 match factors earlier than finally shedding and acquired a becoming ovation from the gang on the prime
In August, Williams introduced in a fundamental-particular person essay for Vogue journal that her tennis profession was winding down, saying this 12 months’s US Open would most seemingly be her ultimate match. inside the piece, she spoke about her want to develop her household as a purpose for her “evolution.” Williams was visibly emotional all through her postmatch interview.
“it has been a nice journey”, Williams said. “it has been most seemingly the most unbelievable journey and journey I’ve ever been on.”
When requested if she would rethink her “evolution,” Williams responded, “i do not suppose so however you by no means know.”
If Friday’s match was certainly Williams’ final match, she ends her tennis profession as one among many sport’s all-time greats. Her aforementioned 23 Grand Slam titles are most seemingly the most by any participant inside the Open period (since 1968) and she or he trails solely Margaret court docket (24) for lots of all time. Williams’ on-court docket dominance has impressed the subsequent period of stars in women’s tennis, collectively with 18-12 months-outdated phenom Coco Gauff.
With Williams’ seemingly ultimate match inside the books, a quantity of gamers congratulated her on a surefire hall of Fame profession.
Her unbelievable profession made its mark on tennis historic previous.
And but her biggest contributions might even be but to return.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September three, 2022
Serena, thanks. it is attributable to you I think about on this dream. The impression you have had on me goes past any phrases which might even be put collectively and for that I say thanks, thanks, thanks, GOAT! pic.twitter.com/qeNZlC05WJ
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) September three, 2022
i do not suppose anyone has enough phrases #ThankYouSerena
— Samantha 黛莲 Crawford (@samcrawford18) September three, 2022
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) September three, 2022
— Nadia Podoroska (@nadiapodoroska) September three, 2022
— Lisa Raymond (@lisaraymond73) September three, 2022
— Vicky Duval (@vicky_duval95) September three, 2022
i actually like you @serenawilliams it has been the pleasure of a lifetime to look at you become what you have. can not wait to see what you do subsequent. thanks my outdated buddy
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September three, 2022
It has been an honor to look at Serena as a baby, to play on the identical Fed Cup group as a 17 12 months outdated, to compete in opposition to her on the most very important stage of our sport (and convey Beyoncé and Jay-Z to look at me), and as 🐐 do, finish her profession years after mine. pic.twitter.com/4qoPKSnUBn
— Vania King (@queen_v21) September three, 2022
Celebrating @serenawilliams 🙌
🇺🇸: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/KbaGzZTxqP
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) September three, 2022
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) September three, 2022
A participant like no completely different, a profession like no completely different, a narrative like no completely different.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) September three, 2022
thanks! #Serena 🐐🐐🐐
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September three, 2022
Congrats on an unbelievable profession, @SerenaWilliams!
How fortunate had been we to have the vitality to look at a youthful woman from Compton develop as a lot as become one among many biggest athletes of all time.
i am glad with you, my buddy-and that i can not wait to see the lives you proceed to transform collectively with your abilities. pic.twitter.com/VWONEMAwz3
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September three, 2022
.@serenawilliams you are actually the best on and off the court docket. thanks for uplifting all of us to pursue our desires. i actually like you little sis!!!!!!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September three, 2022
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September three, 2022
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September three, 2022
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) September three, 2022
Congratulations, Serena for an inspiring profession! Cookie & I are so excited for you. I preserve in thoughts as quickly as we talked about you turning into an entrepreneur. Now, I look forward to watching you develop in enterprise! @serenawilliams #Serena
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September three, 2022
it has been a pleasure watching greatness! Congrats Serena!
— Derek Jeter (@derekjeter) September three, 2022
— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) September three, 2022
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) September three, 2022
I even have been in my crib screaming LOUD AF for Serena!!!!!!! Im sick proper now🤧
— Trae youthful (@TheTraeYoung) September three, 2022
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September three, 2022
extreme KEY HOPE THIS AINT THE final SERENA MATCH I EVER SEE as quickly as extra !!!! WE LOVE YOU QUEEN #GOAT
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) September three, 2022
a lot respect to Serena the GOAT! Fought with a full lot of coronary heart. one factor to be glad with!!! get pleasure from retirement Champ ✊🏾
— Calais Campbell (@CalaisCampbell) September three, 2022
Serena stopping till the final level, always. you have given rather a lot to tennis, and rather a lot to womens sports activities. thanks @serenawilliams
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) September three, 2022
thanks @serenawilliams!! you have had me leaping off my couch and yelling “come on!!” too many occasions to rely!! Grace, braveness, poise, energy.. you obtained all of it woman!! thanks for always being YOU!!
— Becky Hammon (@BeckyHammon) September three, 2022
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September three, 2022
thanks, Serena! 🐐
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) September three, 2022
the best to ever do it.
— ESPN (@espn) September three, 2022