Multiple grand slam winner, Serena Williams has crashed out of the US Open, after loosing her last game of play to Australian player, Ajila
The 40-year-old, who last month revealed plans to retire after the US Open, was defeated by World No. 46 Ajla Tomljanovic in a tough three hours and five minutes of play by scores of 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), and 6-1.
‘Oh my god, thank you so much, you guys were amazing today,’ she said in an on-court interview filled with emotion. ‘I tried but Ajla just played a little bit better.’
With tears in her eyes, she added: ‘Thank you Daddy, I know you’re watching. Thanks Mom. I just want to thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side, so many years, decades. But it all started with my parents and they deserve everything, so I’m really grateful for them.’
Williams, choked with emotion, continued to credit her elder sister Venus as an inspiration for her instrumental role in the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s career.
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‘These are happy tears I guess,’ she said. ‘And I wouldn’t be wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t Venus so thank you Venus. She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed.
‘It’s been a fun ride, it’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever had in my life. And I’m just so grateful to every single person that’s ever said “go Serena” in life. I’m just so grateful because it got me here.’
However when asked of this will be her last game, Serena replied
‘I think so, you never know,’ before leaving the court promptly.
Serena Williams first played in the year 1995 at the age of 14
And it has been on victory song to the other for the Tennis legend.
She has earned her name on the Hall mark of tennis legends, a record that will be hard to clean off for a long time to come.