Serena Williams loses to Ajla Tomljanovic in US Open farewell
The 23-time Grand Slam champion went down in the third round 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows on Friday.
Leave it to Serena Williams that she doesn’t want to go quietly, don’t want this match, this trip to the US Open, her illustrious career that really, really ended.
Barring a change of heart, the final minutes of her quarter-century excellence on the tennis court, and her reluctance to be told what was not possible, Williams tried to make one last classic comeback, earning one last vintage. Victory, in a full Arthur Ashe Stadium with fans at their feet, cellphone cameras ready.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost five match points to extend the proceedings to more than three hours, but could not do more, and was knocked out 7-5, 6-7 in the third round from the US Open by Ajla Tomljanovic. 4), 6-1 on Friday night in what is expected to be his final competition.
“It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever had in my life,” Williams said, tears rolling down her cheeks soon after one of her final shots landed in the net.
“I’m so grateful to every single person who ever said, ‘Go on, Serena!’ in their lives.”
She turns 41 this month and recently told the world that she was ready to develop away from her playing days, expressed distaste for the word retirement and while she was deliberately unclear whether she was in Flushing Meadows This appearance would certainly represent his final storm, everyone assumed it would be.
Asked during an on-court interview if she might reconsider walking away, Williams replied: “I don’t think so, but you never know.”
With two wins in singles this week, including world No. 2 player, Annette Kontaveit, on Wednesday, Williams took her fans on a one-minute throwback trip to the hard-court tournament that was the site of half a dozen of her championships. .
The first came to New York in 1999, when Williams was just 17 years old. She is now married and a single mother; Their daughter Olympia turned 5 on Thursday.
But even with 23,859 of his close friends on Friday, Williams faltered against 29-year-old Australian Tomljanovic, who is ranked 46th.
Williams took the lead in every set, including the final, in which she led 1–0 before losing the last six games.
Tomljanovic is no doubt a fan of Williams, who grew up watching his plays on TV.
Tomljanovic said, “I’m really sorry, just because I love Serena as much as you guys do. And what she’s done for me, for the game of tennis, is incredible.” major. “It’s a surreal moment for me.”
Then, laughing, Tomljanovic said: “I thought she’d beat me. … She’s Serena. That’s who she is: she’s the greatest ever. Period.”
This performance was not correct.
At one point in the second set, Williams got her legs tangled and she fell on the court, dropping the racket. She finished with 51 unforced errors, 21 more than Tomljanovic.
Congrats on an amazing career, @SerenaWilliams!
How lucky were we to be able to watch a young girl from Compton grow up to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.
I’m proud of you, my friend—and I can’t wait to see the lives you continue to transform with your talents. pic.twitter.com/VWONEMAwz3
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 3, 2022