Serena Williams’ US Open farewell sparks reactions and tributes on Twitter

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.

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.