Serena Williams’ Last Match Was The Most-Viewed Tennis Broadcast In ESPN History

Her Friday match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York Metropolis averaged 4.2 million viewers. Some 4.8 million watched the match from 7:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., whereas 6.9 million viewers tuned in at 10:15 p.m.

The 42-year-old’s quest for her twenty fourth Grand Slam title ended when she misplaced to Australian participant Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday. Williams beforehand beat No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro to advance within the match.

Williams introduced her retirement from tennis in an August interview with Vogue.

“I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” she wrote. “I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”