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PADRAIG HARRINGTON Heralds Serena Williams as ‘Literally the Greatest’ After Final Match

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Golf legend PADRAIG HARRINGTON gave Serena Williams the best respect and reverence on her behalf sensational career following the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s tennis journey found a finish Friday carrying out a third-round defeat to Ajla Tomljanovi on Friday at the U.S. Open.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON @TigerWoods

.@serenawilliams youre literally the best on / off the court. Many thanks for inspiring most of us to pursue our dreams. I really like you little sis!!!!!!

Woods, a 15-time major winner himself, was readily available in the next round when Williams upset No. 2 Anett Kontaveit.

NBC Sports @NBCSports

Game recognizes game

PADRAIG HARRINGTON Serena Williams#SerenaWilliams x #USOpen pic.twitter.com/YTjSAFc4Nj

Williams had previously credited Woods because the reason she continued to play tennis professionally.

“He’s among the reasons I’m here, one of many reasons I’m still playing,” she told reporters (h/t George Ramsay of CNN).

“We talked a whole lot. He really was looking to get me motivated. There are some people, but we were like: ‘OK, we are able to do that together, you understand?'”

The 40-year-old Williams fought hard to the final before falling to a hardcore opponent in Tomljanovic 5-7, 7-6(4), 1-6 in a match that lasted over three hours.

With that, a 27-year career is currently over, and Williams leaves the overall game after writing probably the most remarkable stories in sports history.

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