Serena Williams’ dream run at US Open ends with third-round loss to Ajla Tomljanović.

Serena Williams gave an emotional speech after the prospect of her final tennis match on Friday night after losing 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open for more than three hours.

Thanks dad I know you’re watching. Thank you mom Williams said before breaking down in tears during her postgame on-court interview with ESPN’s Mary Jo Fernandez. Everyone here has been with me for so many years and decades.

I think it’s tears of joy. I don’t know. And if there was no Venus it would not have been Serena so thank God. That’s the only reason Serena Williams has it. It’s been a fun ride. This has been the most amazing ride and journey ever.

Williams, 40, first mentioned her impending departure from the sport in a Vogue essay published during the Canadian Open last month, citing her desire to have another child.

In the article he stated that he preferred the term development to retirement and acknowledged how difficult the decision was to make.

Williams told reporters during a post-match news conference that she hopes to spend more time with her daughter and “discover a different version of Serena. She has decided to return in the future.

Serena Williams came out of the US Open as one of the all-time greats, but her legacy goes far beyond the titles she won. Venus and Serena Williams’ exit from doubles is the final act of one of tennis’s most influential doubles.

When Fernandez asked her if there was any chance she would reconsider leaving, she smiled.

Pressing on the same issue at the post-match press conference, Williams quipped, “I have always loved Australia, the country that will host the next Grand Slam tournament in January.”

Since his announcement, Williams has heroically bid farewell to crowds in Toronto, Cincinnati and New York. His three matches helped break the US Open attendance record and featured everyone from former President Bill Clinton to Tiger Woods.

His doubles match with his sister Venus was also played amidst huge crowds on Ash Thursday night.

Williams’ practice session drew thousands hoping to catch a glimpse on Friday. The excitement around Williams resulted in ESPN moving the Michigan State–Western Michigan college football game to ESPN 2 and moving the Williams game to the main channel.

Williams’ run was celebrated with an on-court ceremony hosted by Gayle King after their first-round match and included a video narrated by Oprah Winfrey and a tribute to Billie Jean King.

“Thank you for showing us what it means to go back and step back forever and ever,” Winfrey said. Thank you for making us love the game and thank you for always loving us.

There was no formal post-match ceremony on Friday other than his interview with Fernandez, but the crowd which included Spike Lee, Gayle King, Stan Smith, Saxon Barkley, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Bella Hadid, P.K. Subban and Venus encouraged her throughout, including various chants of “se-re-na”.

Despite their collective passion and outspoken admiration, it wasn’t enough to propel Williams to another victory. After skipping the first set, Williams guaranteed a decider after winning the first four games of the second set, but Tomljanovic and his powerful forehand struggled relentlessly.

He lost four set points in the eighth game of nine deuce. Finally, after a strong tiebreak, Williams forced the third set.

But he had little left to decide and struggled with his move. After breaking Tomljanovic in the first game, the Australian went on to win the next six games to win the match. Williams, however, fought to the end and Tomljanovic needed six match points to win.

Tomljanovic said she was not surprised by Williams’ struggle until the end. Serena Tomljanovic said during her on-court interview. She is just that, and she is the greatest of all time.

Tomljanovic is undoubtedly a fan of Williams who grew up watching his plays on television.

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