Saturday, November 26, 2022

Serena Williams says goodbye to her career at the US Open

American tennis player Serena Williams ended her career this Friday at the US Open, where she lost in the third round to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. Williams, who will turn 41 at the end of September, defeated Danka Kovinic in the first round and world number two Estonian Annette Kontaveit in the second. Thus she became the first player, over the age of 40, to be able to defeat an opponent who is part of above K3 Ranking.The American canceled five match points before losing 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 to Tomljanovic in the third round.

Friday saw a record crowd at the competition, with 23,859 fans selling Arthur Ashe Court for the final match of Williams’ career, the longest match of his career at three hours and five minutes. At a later press conference, Serena kept open the small possibility that her return would be reconsidered. “I don’t know, I’m not thinking about it. I’ve always loved Australia,” she said with a smile. Williams managed to become No. 1 in the world for 319 weeks, after a career spanning 27 years as a professional.

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He began winning in 1999, when he won his first major titles at Paris, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, the Grand Slam Cup and the US Open. Since then, 2006 was their only season without winning the tournament. Four years before his eruption began.

In 2002 he won three of the four Grand Slams: Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open. The 2017 Australian Open was her last Grand Slam title, after defeating her sister Venus in the final. Her career came to a halt when she became pregnant in April 2017.

He put aside the circuit, the competition, and his goals to make his family a priority. On the other hand, Spanish Pablo Carreo, champion of Masters 1,000 in Montreal, defeated Australian Alex de Minaur to qualify for the 16th round of the US Open. Meanwhile, Spanish Garbine Muguruza said goodbye to the competition yesterday. In the third round, the Czechs lost to Petra Kvitova.

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