US Open 2022: Serena Williams loses to Ajla Tomljanovic in U.S. Open farewell

The 23-time Grand Slam champion saved five match points during the three-hour-plus extended contest but couldn't do more, and she was eliminated from the US Open by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 on Friday night in what is expected to be her final match.

This is where Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title 23 years ago. The same crowd gathered at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday to say goodbye to her.

As Williams started to cry during the on-court interview following the match, she thanked her father and mother for watching. Those who have been here for decades have been on my side...

When she was 14 years old, she began her professional career. As a result of her success on the court, Williams will have earned 858 tour victories, 73 singles titles, an Olympic gold medal, and 319 weeks at the top of the rankings by 2022.

She won three Olympic gold medals and 14 major doubles titles with Venus. In the Open Era, Williams remains the male or female player with the most majors.

The sport today is in a different place thanks to Williams, with twelve of the 32 American women in the main draw of the 2020 US Open identifying as Black and three of the top five juniors identifying as non-white.

The American legend's tennis career is likely over after she lost to Australia's Ajla Tomljanović in the third round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.

Eight deuces were scored, six match points were scored, and 14 minutes were required for the final game of her career. Even down 5-1, Williams shocked the crowd when she duped Tomljanovic into a net winner and blew Tomljanovic away several times.

However, despite our best efforts, we could not crack the 29-year-old. An important part of tennis drama is that one swing can determine the outcome of a match. Once the match goes one way, it's over.

As the battle continues, it is unclear how long it will last. In those last 14 minutes, Williams and Tomljanovic made it seem like they had been working for hours.