American Serena Williams said goodbye this friday US Openin which you can be the match that puts end of his careerBut, if so, he did so while battling for more than three hours against the Aussie, giving a final lesson in character and commitment. Ajla Tomljanovic,
Williams40, conceded five match points before surrendering tomljanovic in the third round and he did so on an Arthur Ashe court full of spectators who, after pushing him at each point, fired him in style.
american legend She recently assured in an interview that she is ready to quit tennis and suggested that it will happen after this US Open.
Serena Williams said in her emotional on-field interview after losing 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, “I don’t think so, but you never know. I don’t know.” ” , Minutes later, in a press conference, he kept open the small possibility that his decision would be reconsidered.
He smiled, “I don’t know, I’m not thinking about it (if his withdrawal is final). I’ve always loved Australia.”
Her previous match with the former first lady, on and off the track, sparked an expression of gratitude for her legacy. Michelobamathe former Billie Jean KingFootball Players alex morgan Or golfer Tiger Woods who published heartfelt messages on his social networks.
Serena left the competition with 23 Grand Slam titles, one of 73 titles she has won on the circuit. When she eventually broke into the aristocracy, she monopolized the regime for which Swiss Martina Hingis had previously been bidding, a step away from her sister Venus or her compatriot Jennifer Capriati’s retirement from Graf in recent years.
Serena He began winning in 1999. He won his first major titles at Paris, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, the Grand Slam Cup and the US Open. Nothing stopped him anymore.
Since that victory in New York in the final against Hingis at Flushing Meadows, nothing could stop Serena, He always won something from then until 2017, except in 2006, his only vacant season. That course played only four tournaments due to a knee injury.
Four years earlier, in 2002, he had signed his definitive Blast. That year he won three out of four Grand Slam: Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open. In 2007 he reappeared at Melbourne Park in Australia and won. He got over it and everything went on.
He maintained his type and dominance in the face of the dissolution of Belgian tennis with Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters leading the way to the strength of the new Russian generation led by Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova or Anastasia Myaskina. To his compatriot Venus, Capriati or Davenport. She stood there, amongst them all, as the best.
Seven Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), three Roland Garros titles (2002, 2013, 2015), seven Wimbledon titles (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) and six US Opens (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014).
In addition, one Olympic gold in London 2012, fourteen majors in doubles and three titles at the Games (Sydney 200, Beijing 2008 and London 2012) together with her sister Venus.
Five years have passed since her last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open after beating her sister in the final. then crossed Steffi Graf, He went on to become number one in the world looking for Margaret Court records and everything ahead.
His world stopped. Serena was pregnant and that same year, in April of 2017, she put aside the circuit, the competition and her goals. Everything changed for Serena Williams. Perspectives, challenges, competition. Family became a priority. His life, that of his daughter. his family.
Between the eyebrows to be the best in history. best. The thought never left him. And it came back. Grand Slam victories were within reach when in 2015 he managed to win in Australia, Paris and London. But New York kicked him out.
For a long time he had dreamed of returning, the idea of closing the cordon. To complete the last challenge. Hunting the court, along with being the best ever. He jumped on the track again and brushed the finish line. In 2018, she played in the Wimbledon final, in which she lost to Angelique Kerber, and at the US Open, overtaking the Japanese. Naomi Osaka, Yet a season later, she was on point at Wimbledon, beaten in the previous match by Simona Halep and by Bianca Andreescu in New York.
It was a short tournament, in Auckland in 2021 when she won her last trophy after becoming a mother.