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

The Serena Williams period has come to an finish — a minimum of for now.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion performed what is anticipated to be her remaining 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 exhilarating affair. Williams staved off 5 match factors earlier than finally shedding and obtained 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 12 months’s US Open would in all probability be her remaining event. Within the piece, she spoke about her want to develop her household as a purpose for her “evolution.” Williams was visibly emotional throughout her postmatch interview.

“It has been a enjoyable trip”, Williams stated. “It has been probably the most unbelievable trip 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 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 she or he trails solely Margaret Court docket (24) for many of all time. Williams’ on-court dominance has impressed the following technology of stars in ladies’s tennis, together with 18-year-old phenom Coco Gauff.

With Williams’ doubtless remaining 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.



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