The 23-time Grand Slam champion led 5-3 in the first set, but eventually lost it 5-7 and after taking the second set, she eventually lost in the third what meant a one last hand shake and one last goodbye to the fans at the US Open after the match. But it wasn't about winning or losing for Serena Williams at this year's tournament.
The 2022 US Open was a celebration of how great career the 40-years-old American had. The farewell after the match was very emotional and also Ajla Tomljanovic, who became the last person to beat Serena Williams, showed how much she respects her after the match, by stating:
“What she’s done for me, for the sport of tennis, is incredible,” said Tomljanovic of Williams. “I never thought that I’d have a chance to play her in her last match. I remember watching her as a kid in all those finals. This is a surreal moment for me.”
After the match, the 23-time Grand Slam champion couldn't hold back tears while saying: “I thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side for so many years, decades, literally decades,” said Williams through tears on the court.
“It all started with my parents. They deserve everything. I’m grateful for them. These are happy tears, I guess. And I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t for Venus. Thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed. It’s been a fun ride. It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on in my life.”