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Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams’ immaculate career has arrived at a finish after Ajla Tomljanovic defeated the best ever in three sets7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open on Friday evening.
Williams, who announced her decision to evolve from tennis within an article for Vogue last month, fought valiantly in her final match.
She took a 5-3 lead in the initial set after breaking Tomljanovic in a casino game where she scored all points.
However, it had been all Tomljanovic for all of those other first set, as she broke Williams twice and held serve 2 times of her very own for the 7-5 victory.
Williams fired back by breaking Tomljanovic twice and increasing 4-0 in the initial set with her serve. She ended the 3rd game having an ace, among seven on her behalf in the next set.
Tomljanovic broke Williams to obtain a game back. Both then traded games before an epic 24-point game with Tomljanovic serving down 5-2. Williams had four set-point chances, but Tomljanovic held every time on the way to winning the overall game.
Williams then lost her serve to even the breaks, and both soon visited a tiebreak.
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Williams found herself up 5-4 with Tomljanovic going to serve twice, but she persevered and won another two points on the way to the second-set win. The initial one was thanks to a phenomenal baseline winner.
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Williams started strong in the 3rd set by breaking Tomljanovic, and she took a 40-15 lead in the next game with to be able to rise 2-0.
Nonetheless it was all Tomljanovic from there on the way to the match win. She battled back again to break Williams and won another five games for the victory.
Tomljanovic’s best effort occurred in the fourth game, where Williams staved off three break-point chances prior to the eventual victor converted the fourth shot to move up 3-1.
All credit would go to Williams for fighting hard within the last game, however, as she fought off five match-point opportunities before Tomljanovic won the sixth.
Tomljanovic will now play unseeded Liudmila Samsonova, who’s ranked No. 35 in the WTA rankings, in the fourth round.
Samsonova has won all three of her U.S. Open matches in straight sets, including a second-round victory over 2021 U.S. Open runner-up no. 14 seed Leylah Annie Fernandez.