Former world primary more likely to have performed her final match as knowledgeable tennis participant.
Serena Williams mentioned she needed to be remembered as a fighter and was happy with the impression she had on tennis as she most definitely dropped the curtain on her historic profession on the US Open on Friday.
A defiant Serena bid an emotional goodbye to Flushing Meadows with a third-round loss to Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday.
Defeat has at all times been exhausting to swallow for the fiercely aggressive Williams and little question the 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 loss to the Forty sixth-ranked Australian stung her to her core.
Her three matches at this yr’s US Open, highlighted by a second-round win over world quantity two Anett Kontaveit, have been a present to her followers, the relentless by no means give up angle that made her tennis’s dominant participant for greater than twenty years on show proper till the very ultimate level.
“Clearly I’m nonetheless succesful,” Williams advised reporters after her loss. “Nevertheless it takes much more than that. I’m able to be a mother, discover a distinct model of Serena. Technically on the planet, I’m nonetheless tremendous younger, so I wish to have a bit of little bit of a life whereas I’m nonetheless strolling. I’ve such a vibrant future forward of me.
“The battle, I’m such a fighter,” she mentioned when requested how she needed to be remembered following her third-round loss.
“I really feel like I actually introduced one thing to tennis, a distinct look, the fist pumps, the simply loopy depth. Ardour is a extremely good phrase.”
On the court docket, she thanked her household, mates and followers for an “unbelievable journey”.
“Truthfully I’m so grateful that I had this second and that I’m Serena.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion singled out the 2015 French Open, the place she battled by critical flu signs to finish her second “Serena Slam” – 4 consecutive Grand Slam titles – as a profession spotlight.