Serena Williams saw her US Open dreams dashed in the third round against Ajla Tomljanovic in what is expected to be her final match in tennis.
Williams’ performance to Danka Kovinich and Annette Kontaveit gave hope to the tens of thousands who gathered at Flushing Meadows, hoping that her swan song would have a fairytale ending.
But despite a memorable second set comeback in a tumultuous atmosphere, no 24th Grand Slam singles title has matched the record.
The gritty Tomljanovic unleashed a knockout punch and needed six match points to end a frenzied slagfest that lasted over three hours, going 7-5 6-7 (7-4) 6-1. I won.
Tomljanovic vs Williams: match stats
|63%||First serve winning percentage||64%|
|40%||second serve winning percentage||36%|
|8/13||get a breakpoint||5/13|
|one two three||total points earned||115|
The 40-year-old, who played her first professional tennis match in 1995, quietly approached the net and waved her hands around Arthur Ashe Stadium before listening to “Simply The Best” playing from the speakers.
Addressing the crowd through tears, Williams said, “Thank you so much, you guys were amazing. I tried. Thank you, Dad, I know what you’re looking at. Thank you, Mom.”
“Thank you to everyone here. You’ve been by my side for so many years, literally decades. But it all started with my parents, and they deserve it all.” I really appreciate them. It wasn’t Venus, so thank you Venus. It was a fun trip.”
Asked if there might be another chapter, Williams added, “I don’t think so, but we’ll never know.”
Serena Williams: Career Stats
|doubles title||twenty three|
|grand slam singles title||twenty three|
|grand slam doubles title||14|
|Grand Slam mixed doubles titles||2|
|Olympic||4 gold medals|
|No.1 in the world||319 weeks|
|win the match||858|
Reappearing after a montage of her greatness, Williams got off to a nervous start and quickly dropped serve, but recovered quickly to break Tomlyanovic again and begin to rise to the top.
Williams’ movements were sharp, his groundstrokes strong and Arthur Ashe ready to celebrate another set when he again broke serve to take a 5-3 lead.
But Williams, who hadn’t played much tennis in the last 18 months, tightened up at just the wrong time and struggled to find serve as Tomljanovic won four straight sets.
The 29-year-old, who was aiming to reach the fourth round in New York for the first time, has reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon two weeks in a row and has also experienced the second week of a Grand Slam.
Of course, the opportunity was completely new, and she felt with all her might Williams’ frustration at missing the first set.
Once her serve was engaged, the 40-year-old took a 4-0 lead. With Tomljanovic coming back for the second game in a row, the Australian called for another break, but Williams dug deep and yelled long and loud as she held on.
However, she struggled to cross the line again, failing to convert four set points in a long eighth game and giving up serve when Tomlyanovic trailed at 5-5.
At 4-4 in the tiebreaker, Williams was three points clear at the end, but she took a deep breath, scored an ace, and forced the decider.
The excited crowd rose to their feet, and Williams started the third set in perfect fashion by again breaking Tomljanovic’s serve.
It takes a lot of effort to get here. Clearly, I am still capable. It takes longer than that. I’m ready to be a mom and explore another version of Serena.
But as the match approached the three-hour mark, the physical effort Williams put in began to take its toll, leaving her with little left to give.
At 5-1, Williams was given the first standing ovation. She barely persevered, saving her five match points with her vintage fashion, but it all came to an end in her sixth match her points.
Tomljanovic, who next plays Lyudmila Samsonova, described the moment as “surreal.”
“I’m so sorry I just love Serena as much as you guys. It’s amazing what she’s done for the sport of tennis. I had the chance to play with her in her last match.” I had no idea there was, I used to watch all those finals when I was a kid.”
what do you need to come back
At a press conference, Williams was asked if he could continue playing. She replied: “I don’t know. I don’t think about it. But I’ve always liked Australia.
“I have come a long way since Wimbledon last year. ”
“It’s taken a lot of work to get here. Obviously I’m still capable. I need more than that. I’m ready to be a mother and explore another version of Selena.” doing.
“I’m still super young technically, so I’d like to take life step by step while I’m still walking.”
Do you want to participate in the game in some way?
“For me, tennis has been a big part of my life. I can’t imagine not being involved in tennis. I still don’t know what that involvement is,” Williams said. “But I feel it has provided me with so many opportunities, and through it, it has provided so many great opportunities for other people.
“I think it means so much to my life. And I’ve been through so many great moments that I can’t see the future without it. What am I involved with?” ?I don’t know.I think I’m involved.in some way or form.”
What do you want to remember?
“There are so many things to remember. Like fighting. I’m such a fighter,” said the 40-year-old.
“I feel like I really brought something to tennis. Different looks, fist pumps, just crazy intensity. Obviously, I think passion is a really good word.
“It just keeps going up and down.
Coco beats Keys to advance to Round of 16
Coco Gauff proved too strong in her All-American showdown with former finalist Madison Keys, winning 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour.
The 18-year-old Gauff was called upon to warm up again on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium ahead of Serena Williams’ much-anticipated match tonight, but now has just completed the second week of all four Grand Slams.
The French Open finalist, who has improved to 11-3 in the majors this year, said he was honored by Williams’ third Open at Flushing Meadows and would be glued to the Idol match again.
“It was amazing. I couldn’t miss it,” Gauff said.
“I had to order room service even on the days I saw it on TV. is.”
Gauff will be a favorite when she fights China General Zhang on sunday.
Tunisia’s fifth seed Ounce Jabour Survived a thrilling duel with Down Home Hope’s Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-4 6-3.
“It’s a crazy match,” said Jabbar. “Even 5-1, 40-love, she didn’t make the mission easy for me. I’m so glad I kept fighting and made it to the end.”
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