This more than three hour duel was possibly Serena Williams’ last, who a few weeks ago said she would retire soon, possibly after the United States Open.
She was also warmly applauded by the numerous supporters gathered at Arthur Ashe Stadium to support her.
My God! Thank you very much. You were amazing today. I really tried. I wanted to win. I have given everything. Thanks dad, I know you’re watching. I want to thank everyone who has followed me all these years Williams exclaimed, in tears after the meeting.
They are tears of joy. I think. I don’t know he specified with a laugh, before continuing thanking his family and his entire team.
She took a moment to reflect on her long career of over 25 years.
It was the best adventure I’ve been on in my lifeshe said.
When asked if we could see her again, she replied:
I don’t know, you never know.
Williams reacted in the first heat but ran out of strength and the Australian took the lead. In the second set, however, he recovered, bringing the score to 4-0 before suffering a first break from the Australian who collected the first point.
Tomljanovic had not said his last word. He started a spectacular comeback that forced a tie-break, won by the veteran after a hard-fought battle.
Williams got carried away by the crowd’s enthusiasm at the start of the third set and crushed the opponent from the start, the Aussie responded with a break, then scored 3-1, putting some pressure. on the tennis star. Exhausted, the latter never managed to recover.
Tomljanovic needs six match points to win.
In the next round, Ajla Tomljanovic will face the Russian Liudmila Samsonova, 35th in the world.
At the start of the tournament, Williams defeated Estonian Anett Kontaveit, 2nd in the world, and Montenegrin Danka Kovinic.
In doubles, the Williams sisters duo were eliminated in the first round on Thursday night. Venus and Serena were defeated by Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Linda Nsokova in three sets, ending their run in Flushing Meadows.
This match was perhaps the last that the two players shared.
Serena Williams announced a few weeks ago that she would be retiring soon. She had hinted to Vogue magazine that she might announce her retirement after the US Open.
If so, this fight was the last of his career. The player who won 23 major titles had indicated that she wanted to try having another child and focus on other business opportunities.
Her daughter, Olympia, will soon be celebrating her fifth birthday. The 40-year-old was also pregnant when she won her last major title in Melbourne in 2017.
With 23 Grand Slam titles, the American has won more major singles tournaments than anyone else in the modern era, male or female. Margaret Court holds the record with 24 titles, but has won a few during the amateur era.