Serena is knocked out, maybe for the last time

All the discuss earlier than the US Open started was about the event being the farewell for Serena Williams, the best feminine tennis participant in historical past.

However, after being knocked out in the third spherical by Ajla Tomljanovic on Saturday morning, the 23-time Grand Slam champion was coy concerning affirmation of her fast retirement from the recreation.

It was one other sellout crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium as celebrities got here of their droves to have a ‘remaining’ glimpse of Ms Williams on courtroom.

And she or he offered a spectacle, although she lastly bowed to the energy and persistence of the tenth seed in 5-7, 7-6, 6-1, in two hours and three minutes.

Serena led 5-3 in the first set, however Tomljanovic received 4 straight video games to snag the first set. The second set went right into a tie-break by which Serena took 7-6, but it surely appeared to have sapped the former No.1’s power as she collapsed 6-1 in the third set.

After the loss, Serena paid tribute to her household for the individual and participant she grew to become.

“I thank everybody that’s right here that’s been on my aspect for so a few years, a long time, actually a long time,” stated Williams as she fought again tears on the courtroom.

“It began with my dad and mom. They deserve every thing. I’m grateful for them. These are glad tears, I assume. And I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t for Venus. Thanks, Venus. She’s the solely purpose Serena Williams ever existed.

“It’s been a enjoyable journey. It’s been the most unbelievable journey and journey I’ve ever been on in my life.”

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When requested if this was the last time on courtroom, Serena replied, “I don’t know.

“I’m not interested by that. I at all times did love Australia, although.” The Australian Open is simply months away and maybe this is not Serena’s last twirl.

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