In a game that made him even bigger PuranaSerena Williams is eliminated This Friday By Australian Ajla Tomljanovic On top of that US Open third round And, with tears in his eyes, he said he didn’t want to reconsider his departure.
At almost 41, Williams fought to the end and saved five match points He beat Domljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4-7) and 6-1 in a three-hour battle.
At the age of 41, after nearly three decades, Serena Williams retired from tennis. There were 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles trophies and 4 Olympic golds. Greatest tennis player of all time. Purana. Thanks a lot, Goat.
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This epic match was followed by an emotional farewell for SerenaOne of the greatest figures in the history of the game with 23 titles Grand Slam.
Couldn’t contain the emotion Williams credits her mother, Arcene, and her older sister, Venus, along the waywho was in the stands and her father Richard, who “definitely looked after me”, for “the most incredible journey of my life”.
“It all started with my parents,” Williams said.. “They deserve everything, and I’m very grateful to them.”
“It wouldn’t be Serena without Venus, so thank you Venus.. She’s the only reason Serena Williams exists,” she said of her older sister and fellow tennis star.
In words that seemed like goodbyes Williams was asked if he would reconsider quitting. He announced last month.
“I don’t think so… But you never know,” he replied with an enigmatic smile that would fuel rumors of a comeback.
An epic failure
After a year of inactivity And painful failures in some product competitions, Williams stunned the world at the US Open this week with two Amazing wins vs Montenegrin Tanka Kovinic and Estonian Annette CondweedNumber two in the world rankings.
Friday means the comeback peaked Before Tomljanovich She will also become the oldest tennis player To dispute some Grand Slam round of 16 Since the beginning of the open era in 1968.
Williams put in the wear and tear of an intense week In which he played four games in the last five days. With less than 24 hours rest due to defeat by Venus.
Even so Managed to take the second set Intense emotions in ‘Tiebreak’, Lost four set pointsAnd definitively bankrupt in the first game of the manga.
But TomljanovicUnlike previous competitors, No less done before to the extent of legend 23,800 fans in front of him or the largest track in the world.
Twelve years younger, LThe Australian took advantage of Serena’s physical fatigue Engraved his name in the final chapter of the great champion.
“I am so sorry because I love Serena as much as we do.“, the Australian told the crowd. “He was incredible for me, for the game of tennis.”
“I never thought I would get the chance to play against him in his last match“, he insisted.