The American was beaten on the night of Friday to Saturday by Australian Alja Tomljanovic after a marathon match.
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Less than a month after announcing that “the countdown had begun”, implying the imminence of her sporting retirement, Serena Williams has undoubtedly put an end to 25 years of career. Beaten by Australian Alja Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open after a match lasting more than three hours on Friday September 2 (7-5, 6-7 6-1), the American waved to the crowd and burst into tears in an on-court interview.
“I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus.”@serenawilliams@Venuseswilliams pic.twitter.com/C7RZXcf23E
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2022
“They are tears of joy, I imagine. It’s the most amazing trip I’ve been on in my life. I want to thank everyone who has been by my side all these years, starting with my parents“said the player with 23 Grand Slam tournament titles, who did not fail to greet her sister Venus, without whom she “would never have become Serena“.
Everything about his attitude and his way of accepting tributes gives the impression that it was about his reverence. The 41-year-old player has never clearly backtracked since her interview in the columns of Vogue in early August. But she has not officially announced the end of her tennis career either.
In a press conference, “Queen Serena” maintained doubts when asked if she was going to reconsider her decision. “I don’t think so, but you never know…. I have always loved Australiashe slipped, smirking. JI still don’t know if it was my last moment or not. It’s clear that I’m still able [de jouer]. But there are plenty of other things… I’m ready to be a mother, to explore another version of Serena. Technically, I’m still super young. So I want to enjoy life while I can still walk”.