Serena Williams’ U.S. Open Loss: Oprah, PADRAIG HARRINGTON & More React
Celebs arerallying aroundSerena Williams after she played and lost what’s likely her final pro tennis match of her career.
On Sept. 2, the athlete, considered the best female tennisstar ever, exited the 2022 U.S. OpenSept. 2after a7-5 6-7(4) 6-1 third-round loss to Ajla Tomljanovic, the 46th ranked Australianplayer. The match occurred almost per month after Serena wrote in a Vogueessay that she plans to state goodbye to the activityand contains been attempting to have another child.
When asked at a post-game press conference what would it not take on her behalf to come back to tennis,she said, “I have no idea. I’m not considering that…Clearly, I’m still capable but it addittionally takes a many more than that. I’m prepared to like, be considered a mom, explore another version of Serena.”
The23-time Grand Slam champion, mother of daughterAlexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., 5, added, “Technically on earth, I’m still super young, therefore i want a small amount of a life while I’m still walking.”The 40-year-old latersaid,”I believe that I’m definitely, likely to be karaoke-ing tomorrow.”
Read how celebs sangSerena’s praises:
In herVogue essay, Serena wrote that spring, she sought advice from the golf champion about her tennis career. “Isaid, ‘I have no idea how to proceed: I believe I’m over it, but maybe I’m not over it,'” she said. ‘He’s Tiger, and he was adament that I be considered a beast exactly the same way he could be! He said, ‘Serena, imagine if you merely gave it fourteen days? You don’t need to invest in anything. You merely venture out on the court each day for 14 days and present it your all and see what goes on.'”
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Michelle Obama tweeted, “Congrats on an incredible career, @SerenaWilliams! How lucky were we in order to watch a girl from Compton mature to become one of the biggest athletes ever. I’m pleased with you, my friendand I cannot wait to start to see the lives you keep up to transform together with your talents.”
Tennis starCoco Gauff tweeted, “Serena, MANY THANKS. For the reason that of you I really believe in this dream. The impact you’ve had on me goes beyond any words which can be come up with and for that I give you thanks, thank you, many thanks, GOAT!”
Retired tennis star and former U.S. No. 1 playerBillie Jean King tweeted, “Her incredible career made its mark on tennis history. Yet her greatest contributions could be yet ahead. Many thanks, @serenawilliams. Your journey continues.”
In her Vogue essay, Serena wrote that shehoped”people arrived at think about me as symbolizing something larger than tennis,” adding, “I admire Billie Jean because she transcended her sport.”
Soccer starAlex Morgan tweeted, “Serena fighting before last point, always. You’ve given so much to tennis, therefore much to womens sports. Many thanks @serenawilliams.”
Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted, “Many thanks! #Serena,” adding a tennis player emoji and three goat emojis.
Olympic swimming championMichael Phelps tweeted, “It’s truly been fun to view Serena not merely change the activity of tennis, but moreover, how she’s helped empower another generation. Her tennis accomplishments speak for themselves, but among the things I admire about her is she simply doesn’t quit. On or off the court…her will, her strength, her determinationshe simply never gives up. She’s an excellent example to people. Congrats and many thanks, Serena!!”
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