Serena Williams said goodbye to the world of tennis at the US Open 2022. The US tennis legend stopped in the third round of the last Grand Slam of the year by losing in three sets to one of the best versions of Ajla Tomljanovic.
The crowd consistently supported Serena Williams by crowding the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium in the three games that marked her journey to Flushing Meadows. Against the Australian player, the 23-time Grand Slam champion threw a 5-3 lead to the winds and saw her opponent close at 5-7.
Even the second set seemed to be able to relive the same story as the first, but Williams was good at restarting the scores in the tie-break. In the decisive set, however, the North American collapsed and collected only one game.
Serena Williams: “I’ll be back on the court if I want to!”
Serena Williams, in tears at the end of the match against Tomljanovic, told: “Even if it’s something I’ve never thought about. I was just a girl trying to play tennis.
It’s been an incredible week, it’s like all the people want to push me further. I went on growing, finding my game, I should have started playing a little earlier this year. I don’t think I’ll come back, but I don’t.
never knows.” In an interview with actor Bradley Cooper, Serena Williams returned to talk about her farewell: “I just needed to stop. I always said I wanted to stop when I was playing really good tennis and winning and beating good players.
For me, it’s really about the things I want to do spiritually and spend time with my daughter and my family. As a super pragmatic mom, I can tell you how tough it was. I lost a lot of matches after having Olympia, because it became really difficult to be on the pitch.
I feel that I have given so much of my life to tennis, my entire life, that it is time to do something different for me and to dedicate myself to something else.” Finally, Serena Williams did not rule out the possibility of returning to play official tournaments in the WTA Tour: “I think if I want to come back, I can certainly do it. When you’re in it, you don’t see it. It’s completely different when you’re involved.”