The 23-time Grand Slam champion thanked her fans, family and friends in a teary farewell speech.
Although the Williams sisters’ were defeated in the match, it was still a groundbreaking moment for their career as it was the first time a first-round doubles match was held at Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Friday, Serena went on to play against Ajla TomljanoviÄ for the second time, ultimately losing to the Australian athlete.
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In a post game interview, the mom of one got teary as she thanked her family and fans for their support in her nearly 30 year career. “It’s been a fun ride. It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on in my life,” she shared. Serena went on to thank her sister and lifelong tennis partner, Venus Williams, sharing, “I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t Venus. So thank you, Venus.”
The star, who’s ending her three decade long career with seven Australian Open victories and seven Wimbledon titles, also thanked her parents for their sacrifice and support. “Hi daddy, I know you’re watching! Hi mom.” Serena’s father, Richard Williams for the inspiration behind the Oscar winning film, King Richard, starring Will Smith. Her mom, Oracene Price, went viral during her daughter’s farewell tour for being the entertainment fans didn’t know they needed.