Serena Williams US Open: The most tweeted female athlete of all time

Serena Williamswho is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time is also the GOAT on Twitter among female athletes.

Williams was defeated by Ajla Tomlijanovic of Australia in the third round of her women’s singles at the 2022 US Open on Friday. The loss likely marks the end of Williams’ 27-year tennis career, she said earlier this month She planned to retire after playing at the US Open.

“It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever had in my life,” an emotional Williams said in an on-court interview aired on ESPN after the game. She also warmly thanked her team, her parents, her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and her sister Venus: “I wouldn’t be Serena if Venus didn’t exist.”

After Williams’ exit from the US Open Twitter Sports announced that the 23-time Grand Slam winner was the most tweeted athlete of all time on the social network. According to Twitter, 74% of those who Tweeted about Serena in August through September 2 had not previously Tweeted about her throughout the year.

On the first day of the US Open tournament, Twitter released an exclusive GOAT emoji – wearing a tennis skirt and racquet – in honor of William’s final tournament and greatest career of all time. The special emoji will appear in tweets containing the following hashtags: #Serena, #SerenaWilliams, and #ThankYouSerena. She is among an elite group of athletes who have launched a GOAT hashmoji on Twitter alongside the likes of Tom Brady, Simone Biles, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Williams’ last Grand Slam win was at the Australia Open in 2017 when she was two months pregnant with daughter Olympia. She has said she is trying to have another baby with Ohanian.

Here are some of the top tweets about Williams after their swan song match on Friday:

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