Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career likely over after third-round singles’ play loss at US Open

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Serena Williams’ storied tennis career may have come to an end after she fell to Australian Ajla Tomljanović in the third round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion in singles leaves an indelible impression not only on tennis, but on the entire sport.

Tomljanović, who won 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1, advances to the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.

In an on-court interview with ESPN after the game, Williams was asked if she would reconsider her evolution of tennis, as she put it.

“I don’t think so, but you never know,” she said.

In a tear-filled interview, she thanked her parents and said she was very grateful to them for starting everything.

And she credited her older sister, Venus Williams, for her success.

“I wouldn’t be Serena if it weren’t for Venus,” she said. “She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.”

After her unlikely second-round win over Anett Kontaveit, Serena Williams, 40, summed up her surprise appearances at the US Open better than anyone.

“I’m just Serena,” she said soberly, a quote that will no doubt be considered one of the most memorable in the sport.

That ability to find another gear and dig even deeper in the toughest moments laid the foundation for Williams’ continued success over more than 20 years on the Tour.

She showed the same grit and tenacity Friday as world No. 46 Tomljanović was at the top of her game.

Widely regarded as the best women’s tennis player and arguably the best tennis player, Williams fought off five match points before a shot into the net ended it.

Given her form in the US Open – just one win since she returned to the track in June after a year out with injury – it was reasonable to assume that Williams’ opening game against Danka Kovinic would be little more than an emotional farewell to tennis for the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

But being “just Serena”, Williams produced by far her best tennis of the season to air Kovinic in full and extended her last dance in New York by a few days.

Then came Kontaveit, the number 2 in the world and one of the toughest players on the Tour. The Est would offer a much tougher test than Kovinic and Williams undoubtedly went into their match as the significant underdog.

Surely, after two brilliant decades at the top, is this where Williams’ career would end? Of course not. After all, she’s “just Serena.”

In her three-set win over Kontaveit, Williams raised her tennis level to a place many thought she might no longer be able to reach. The accuracy and power in her much-feared serve seem to have returned, as does her speed on the pitch.

Tomljanovic reached a career high ranking of 38 this season and has had some notable successes in 2022, including quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the recent Cincinnati Open.

On Friday she was stable as she had just 30 unforced fouls on Williams’ 51.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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