Serena Williams loses what may be the last game of her career at the US Open

Well. Women of color always get put down because of their looks or some people’s ideas because they think there isn’t that much they can do. Taking Serena as a goddamn role model and everything she has done is really good to have the motivation that she has and just having the ability to take whatever is thrown at her. This is something you can also use in your everyday life. She plays against the very girls who were inspired by her, those chocolate girls who said this was a fucking tennis club sport. But god, if Serena and Venus can dominate, why can’t I? She began campaigning for women outside of her tennis career. She has a venture capital firm investing mostly in women when she was struggling to have her daughter what did she do? She advocated and invested in black women and their poor mothering rates. Like she’s always been some kind of bastion of change of influence, being yourself, speaking for yourself. And I just think she’s been such a shitty part of our lives for so long that we really do have the end of an era and something I’m still trying to come to terms with if I’m being honest

Leave it to Serena Williams not to want to go quiet, not want this match, this trip to the US Open, this transcendent career of hers to really, really end. Right down to what was, barring a change of heart that In the closing minutes of her quarter-century of excellence on the tennis court and an unrelenting reluctance to be told what wasn’t possible, Williams attempted to land one final classic comeback, claiming one last vintage victory while the fans were in full swing Arthur Ashe Stadium, cell phone cameras ready. The 23-time Grand Slam champion saved five match points to extend the more than three-hour procedure but couldn’t do more and was eliminated from the US Open in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4) , 6-1 on Friday night in what is likely to be their last contest. “It was the most incredible ride and journey of my life,” Williams said, tears streaming down her cheeks shortly after a final shot of hers went into the net. “I’m so grateful to every single person who’s ever said, ‘Go, Serena!’ in her lifetime.” Turning 41 this month, she recently told the world she was ready to “evolve” away from her active days — expressing her distaste for the word “retirement” — and intentionally stuck with it vaguely whether that appearance at Flushing Meadows would definitely be her last hurray, everyone assumed that, but you never know.” Williams took her fans with two singles wins this week, including on Wednesday against world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit with an exciting look back at the hard court tournament that hosted half a dozen of their championships. The first took place in New York in 1999 when Williams was just 17 years old. Now she is married and a mother; Their daughter Olympia turned 5 on Thursday. But even as 23,859 of her closest friends cheered loudly again on Friday, Williams was teetering against Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who is ranked 46th. Williams gave up leads in every set, including the last where she was 1-0 before losing her last six games. Tomljanovic is an unabashed Williams fan, having grown up watching them play on TV “I’m really sorry just because I love Serena as much as you do. And what she did for me, for tennis, is unbelievable,” said Tomljanovic, who has not passed the quarterfinals of any major. “It’s a surreal moment for me.” Then Tomljanovic added with a laugh: “I just thought she was going to hit me. … She is Serena. That’s exactly what she is: she’s the greatest of all time. Point. “That performance wasn’t perfect. At one point in the second set, Williams’ feet tangled and she fell on the court, dropping her racquet. She finished with 51 unforced errors, 21 more than Tomljanovic. Williams let a 5-3- The lead vanished in set one, she did something similar in set number two, giving away edges of 4-0 and 5-2 and taking five set points to eventually pocket that one, meaning Williams was three points from defeat , she hit a 117-mile ace, hit a forehand winner to cap a 20-stroke exchange, then watched Tomljanovic push a forehand for the kind of triumph she never had to admit that she’s been defeated so many times over the years.”Oh my god, thank you so much. You guys were amazing today. I’ve tried,” Williams told the audience, hands on hips, before mentioning, among other things, her parents and older sister Venus, a seven-time Major champion. “I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus .So thank you Venus,” she said. “She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.” including reaching at least the semifinals in her last 11 appearances in New York.Talk about a moment that comes full circle: The only other third-round loss she’s ever had at Flushing Meadows (she’s in the first and second round with 0-42), came as early as 1998, the year Williams made her tournament debut at age 16. She would win her first major trophy 12 months later at the US Open.

Leave it to Serena Williams not to want to go quiet, not want this match, this trip to the US Open, this transcendent career of hers to really, really end.

Aside from a change of heart, the closing minutes of her quarter-century of excellence on the tennis court, and an indomitable reluctance to be told what wasn’t possible, Williams sought to make one final classic comeback, earn one last vintage win, with Fans on their feet in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, cellphone cameras at the ready.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion saved five match points to extend the more than three-hour procedure but couldn’t do more and was eliminated in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 from the US Open ( 4), 6-1 on Friday night in what is likely to be her final competition.

“It was the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever had in my life,” Williams said, tears streaming down her cheeks shortly after one final shot of hers went into the net. “I’m so grateful to every single person who’s ever said, ‘Go, Serena!’ in your life.”

She turns 41 this month and recently told the world that she’s ready to “evolve” away from her active days – she expressed her distaste for the word “retirement” – and while she’s been willfully vague on whether this gig at Flushing Meadows will definitely be her last Hooray, everyone assumed it would be.

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When asked during a court interview if she might reconsider walking away, Williams replied, “I don’t think so, but you never know.”

With two singles victories this week, including over world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit, Williams took fans on an exciting retrospective on Wednesday at the hard-court tournament that has hosted half a dozen of their championships.

The first came in New York in 1999 when Williams was just 17 years old. Now she is married and a mother; Their daughter Olympia turned 5 on Thursday.

But even as 23,859 of her closest friends cheered loudly again on Friday, Williams faltered against Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who sits in 46th place.

Williams was giving away leads in every set, including the last in which she was 1-0 ahead before losing the last six games.

Tomljanovic is an unabashed fan of Williams, having grown up playing her on TV.

“I’m really sorry just because I love Serena as much as you do. And what she did for me, for tennis, is unbelievable,” said Tomljanovic, who has not passed the quarterfinals of any major. “It’s a surreal moment for me.”

Then Tomljanovic added with a laugh: “I just thought she was going to hit me. … She is Serena. That’s exactly what she is: she’s the greatest of all time. Period.”

This performance was not perfect.

At one point in the second set, William’s feet tangled and she fell onto the court, dropping her racquet. She finished with 51 unforced errors, 21 more than Tomljanovic.

Williams let a 5:3 lead fizzle out in the first set. She did something similar in the second, wasting edges from 4-0 and 5-2 and needed five set points to finally put that one in her pocket. From 4-all in the tiebreaker, meaning Williams was three points from loss, she batted a 117-mile ace, hit a forehand winner to cap a 20-shot exchange, then watched as Tomljanovic pressed for a forehand.

The momentum seemed to be on William’s side. But she failed to achieve the victory she had experienced so many times over the years.

“Oh my god, thank you so much. You guys were amazing today. I tried,” Williams told the audience, hands on hips, before mentioning, among other things, her parents and older sister Venus, a seven-time Major champion.

“I wouldn’t be Serena if Venus didn’t exist. So thank you, Venus,” she said. “She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.”

Williams entered the night after winning 19 straight games in the third round of the US Open’s singles competition, including reaching at least the semifinals in her last 11 appearances in New York.

Talk about a moment that comes full circle: The only other third-round loss she’s ever had at Flushing Meadows (she’s 42-0 in first and second rounds) came all the way back in the year 1998, the year Williams made her tournament debut at age 16. She would win her first major trophy 12 months later at the US Open.

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