Serena Williams’ US Open farewell sparks reactions and tributes on Twitter

The Serena Williams era is over – at least for the time being.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion is expected to play her last professional tennis match at the US Open on Friday. She lost in the third round to Ajla Tomljanovic in a thrilling affair 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1. Williams saved five match points before finally losing and ended up getting a fitting ovation from the crowd

In August, Williams announced in a first-person essay for Vogue magazine that her tennis career was ending and said this year’s US Open would likely be her last tournament. In the play, she spoke about her desire to expand her family as a reason for her “evolution.” Williams was visibly emotional during her post-game interview.

“It was a fun ride,” Williams said. “It was the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on.”

When asked if she would reconsider her “development,” Williams replied, “I don’t think so, but you never know.”

If Friday’s match was indeed Williams’ last match, she is ending her tennis career as one of the sport’s greats. Her aforementioned 23 Grand Slam titles are the most of any player in the Open era (since 1968) and she trails only Margaret Court (24) most of the time. William’s dominance of the court has inspired the next generation of stars in women’s tennis, including 18-year-old outlier Coco Gauff.

With Williams likely to be the last match on the books, several players congratulated her on a surefire Hall of Fame career.

Other stars including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant and more gave Williams their flowers on social media.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34465253/serena-williams-us-open-farewell-sparks-reactions-tributes-twitter Serena Williams’ US Open farewell sparks reactions and tributes on Twitter

Emma Bowman

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