Serena Williams farewell to US Open provokes reactions from many celebrities


The Serena Williams era has come to an end – at least for now.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion played Friday at the US Open in what is expected to be her last professional tennis match. She lost in the third round against Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 in a tense affair. Williams held off five match points before eventually losing and getting a fitting ovation from the crowd at the end

In August, Williams announced in a first-person essay for Vogue magazine that her tennis career was coming to an end, saying the US Open would likely be her last tournament this year. In the piece, she spoke of her desire to grow her family as a reason for her “evolutionWilliams was visibly emotional during her post-match interview.

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

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

If Friday’s game was indeed Williams’ last game, she will end her tennis career as one of the greatest players of all time. Her aforementioned 23 Grand Slam titles are the most of any Open era player (since 1968) and she follows only Margaret Court (24) most of the time. Williams’ dominance on the court has inspired the next generation of stars in women’s tennis, including 18-year-old phenomenon Coco Gauff.

With Williams’ likely last game on the books, several players congratulated her on a surefire Hall of Fame career.

Other stars like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Yes Morant and more, Williams also gave flowers on social media.

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