September 03, (THEWILL) – Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia defeated Serena Williams in the third round of the US Open, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, possibly bringing an end to the illustrious career of a tennis legend.
Williams, the 23-time grand slam singles winner irrevocably changed not only tennis but also the entire world of sport with her dominating grip at the top of the game and her life on and off the courts.
Williams was questioned about whether she would reconsider her “evolution away from tennis” in an on-court interview following the match and she coyly replied: “I don’t think so, but you never know.” But, she was full of gratitude and happy tears as she thanked her parents for the start she had and her sister for how far she came.
After her incredible victory over Anett Kontaveit in the second round, it appeared as though she might be able to turn back the clock and shift up a gear or two to continue penning the ever-evolving tale of her mythology. Williams’ continuous success over more than 20 years on the Tour has been built on his capacity to shift into another gear and push himself even harder when things become tough.
Although world number 46 Tomljanovic was at the peak of her game on Friday, Williams still displayed the same grit and toughness. The 40-year-old, regarded as the best female tennis player ever and possibly the best tennis player ever, survived five match points until a shot into the net decided the match. And it ended 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1.