The Serena Williams period has come to an finish — not less than for now.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion performed what is predicted to be her ultimate skilled tennis match on Friday on the US Open. She misplaced within the third spherical towards Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 in an exciting affair. Williams staved off 5 match factors earlier than ultimately dropping and acquired a becoming ovation from the group on the finish
In August, Williams introduced in a first-person essay for Vogue journal that her tennis profession was winding down, saying this yr’s US Open would in all probability be her ultimate match. Within the piece, she spoke about her want to develop her household as a motive for her “evolution.” Williams was visibly emotional throughout her postmatch interview.
“It’s been a fun ride”, Williams stated. “It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on.”
When requested if she would rethink her “evolution,” Williams responded, “I don’t think so but you never know.”
If Friday’s match was certainly Williams’ final match, she ends her tennis profession as one of many sport’s all-time greats. Her aforementioned 23 Grand Slam titles are probably the most by any participant within the Open period (since 1968) and he or she trails solely Margaret Courtroom (24) for many of all time. Williams’ on-court dominance has impressed the following era of stars in ladies’s tennis, together with 18-year-old phenom Coco Gauff.
With Williams’ doubtless ultimate match within the books, a number of gamers congratulated her on a surefire Corridor of Fame profession.
Her unbelievable profession made its mark on tennis historical past.
And but her best contributions could also be but to come back.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 3, 2022
Serena, THANK YOU. It’s due to you I imagine on this dream. The affect you’ve got had on me goes past any phrases that may be put collectively and for that I say thanks, thanks, thanks, GOAT! pic.twitter.com/qeNZlC05WJ
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) September 3, 2022
I do not assume anybody has sufficient phrases #ThankYouSerena
— Samantha 黛莲 Crawford (@samcrawford18) September 3, 2022
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) September 3, 2022
— Nadia Podoroska (@nadiapodoroska) September 3, 2022
— Lisa Raymond (@lisaraymond73) September 3, 2022
— Vicky Duval (@vicky_duval95) September 3, 2022
I like you @serenawilliams It has been the pleasure of a lifetime to observe you turn out to be what you’ve gotten. Cannot wait to see what you do subsequent. Thanks my outdated good friend
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 3, 2022
It has been an honor to observe Serena as a toddler, to play on the identical Fed Cup staff as a 17 yr outdated, to compete towards her on the most important stage of our sport (and convey Beyoncé and Jay-Z to observe me), and as 🐐 do, end her profession years after mine. pic.twitter.com/4qoPKSnUBn
— Vania King (@queen_v21) September 3, 2022
Celebrating @serenawilliams 🙌
🇺🇸: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/KbaGzZTxqP
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) September 3, 2022
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) September 3, 2022
A participant like no different, a profession like no different, a narrative like no different.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) September 3, 2022
Different stars like Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Memphis Grizzlies level guard Ja Morant and extra additionally gave Williams her flowers on social media.
Thanks! #Serena 🐐🐐🐐
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September 3, 2022
Congrats on an incredible profession, @SerenaWilliams!
How fortunate have been we to have the ability to watch a younger woman from Compton develop as much as turn out to be one of many best athletes of all time.
I am pleased with you, my friend-and I can not wait to see the lives you proceed to rework together with your abilities. pic.twitter.com/VWONEMAwz3
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 3, 2022
.@serenawilliams you are actually the best on and off the court docket. Thanks for uplifting all of us to pursue our desires. I like you little sis!!!!!!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 3, 2022
#SerenaWilliams THANK YOU 🐐!! You are so rattling DOPE!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🤎 https://t.co/5tSbzz7UHw
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 3, 2022
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 3, 2022
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) September 3, 2022
Congratulations, Serena for an inspiring profession! Cookie & I are so excited for you. I keep in mind once we talked about you changing into an entrepreneur. Now, I sit up for watching you develop in enterprise! @serenawilliams #Serena
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 3, 2022
It has been a pleasure watching greatness! Congrats Serena!
— Derek Jeter (@derekjeter) September 3, 2022
— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) September 3, 2022
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) September 3, 2022
I have been in my crib screaming LOUD AF for Serena!!!!!!! Im sick proper now🤧
— Trae Younger (@TheTraeYoung) September 3, 2022
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 3, 2022
HIGH KEY HOPE THIS AINT THE LAST SERENA MATCH I EVER SEE AGAIN !!!! WE LOVE YOU QUEEN #GOAT
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) September 3, 2022
A lot respect to Serena the GOAT! Fought with a variety of coronary heart. One thing to be pleased with!!! Take pleasure in retirement Champ ✊🏾
— Calais Campbell (@CalaisCampbell) September 3, 2022
Serena preventing till the final level, at all times. You’ve got given a lot to tennis, and a lot to womens sports activities. Thanks @serenawilliams
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) September 3, 2022
Thanks @serenawilliams!! You’ve got had me leaping off my sofa and yelling “come on!!” too many occasions to rely!! Grace, braveness, poise, power.. you bought all of it lady!! Thanks for at all times being YOU!!
— Becky Hammon (@BeckyHammon) September 3, 2022
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 3, 2022
Thanks, Serena! 🐐
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) September 3, 2022
The best to ever do it.
— ESPN (@espn) September 3, 2022