Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams’ loss in the third round of the U.S. Open likely signaled the end of her tennis career.
The 40-year-old genius stated in August that she wanted to leave the sport, though she didn’t use the word “resign” in that sense. Instead, she stated that she was “moving away from tennis.”
“I’m here to let you know that I’m developing away from tennis, toward different things that are essential to me,” Williams partook in a first-individual record distributed in Vogue’s September 2022 issue. “A couple of years prior, I unobtrusively began Serena Ventures, a funding firm. Not long after that, I began a family. I need to develop that family.”
On Friday night, in the wake of losing to Ajla Tomljanović before a pressed group in Flushing, New York, Williams was inquired as to whether she would reexamine her “development.” She answered, “I think not however who can say for sure.”
In any event, big names from across the range honored Williams, generally thought to be the best to at any point play the game. Michelle Obama expressed gratitude toward Williams for her significance.
“Congratulations on an astonishing profession, @SerenaWilliams!” Obama tweeted. “How fortunate were we to have the option to watch a little kid from Compton grow up to become one of the best competitors ever. I’m glad for you, my companion — and I can hardly hold on to see the lives you keep on changing with your abilities.”
Tiger Woods, likewise thought to be awesome to at any point play the game of golf, said thanks to Williams for being a motivational figure.
“[email protected] you’re in a real sense the best here and there the court,” he tweeted. “Much thanks to you for rousing us all to seek after our fantasies. I love you sis!!!!!!
What’s more, get this: Twitter
MLB incredible Derek Jeter, NBA genius LeBron James, tennis extraordinary Billie Jean King, EGOT champs John Legend and Jennifer Hudson and all the more likewise took to online entertainment and honored the GOAT.
Congratulations on an astounding profession, @SerenaWilliams!
How fortunate were we to have the option to watch a little kid from Compton grow up to become one of the best competitors ever.
I’m glad for you, my companion — and I can hardly stand by to see the lives you keep on changing with your abilities. pic.twitter.com/VWONEMAwz3
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 3, 2022
#SerenaWilliams THANK YOU 🐐!! You’re so damn DOPE!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🤎 https://t.co/5tSbzz7UHw
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 3, 2022
Her amazing profession transformed tennis history.
But her most prominent commitments might be on the way.
Much thanks to you, @serenawilliams.
Your process proceeds. #serena#USOpenhttps://t.co/0wDFfRN3Dq
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 3, 2022
[email protected] you’re in a real sense the best here and there the court. Much obliged to you for rousing us all to seek after our fantasies. I love you sis!!!!!!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 3, 2022
Show respect to the GOAT @serenawilliams. What an arresting last bow. Such a gift to watch her inconceivable profession.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 3, 2022
It’s been a delight watching significance! Well done Serena!
— Derek Jeter (@derekjeter) September 3, 2022
Much appreciated @serenawilliams YOU’RE GOING OUT SCRAPPING, JUST LIKE YOU CAME IN👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾‼️‼️‼️💯
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 3, 2022
We just saw the last US Open for the flat out best ever, Serena Williams!! Serena has implied such a huge amount to sports, the sport of tennis, the world, every last young lady, and, surprisingly, more to every last Black young lady across the globe. @serenawilliams#ThankYouSerena
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 3, 2022
Always the GOAT @serenawilliams – regardless of how this arresting match closes!!
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 3, 2022
Serena !!! U have enlivened all of us . Thank u for showing us what significance resembles [email protected]#USOpen2022
📷: John Minchillo/AP pic.twitter.com/0bcuG4yOhO
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) September 3, 2022
Serena, THANK YOU. It is a direct result of you I trust in this fantasy. The effect you’ve had on me goes past any words that can be assembled and for that I say thank you, thank you, thank you, GOAT! pic.twitter.com/qeNZlC05WJ
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) September 3, 2022
On the court and on the timetable, @serenawilliams is the best of all time.#Serena is the most Tweeted about female competitor ever.#ThankYouSerenapic.twitter.com/DPs12OyiPB
— Twitter Sports (@TwitterSports) September 3, 2022
What a ride it’s been.
Much thanks to you, @serenawilliams 💙 pic.twitter.com/OEURHryJxV
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2022
Whenever @TeenVogue first distributed somebody dressed in cornrows on a cover, it was @serenawilliams — and it was likewise her most memorable time wearing them on a cover.
Return to the 2018 story: Serena in discussion with youthful dissident @NaomiWadler and afterward EIC Lindsay Peoples https://t.co/vA4eCBoS04pic.twitter.com/seqeWh0oq1
— Versha Sharma (@versharma) September 3, 2022
To the goat of the tennis courts, @serenawilliams you own that world. Wishing you the same amount of outcome in your retirement.
— Bo Jackson (@BoJackson) September 3, 2022
Serena Williams is an astounding lady. What an inconceivable vocation! Favor her and her family generally.
— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) September 3, 2022
In a general public where they frequently get quick work, Black ladies had a legend in Serena Williams. She was THEIR boss, over all others. At the point when she won, they won. She never ran from her Blackness. She embraced it. You can’t recount her story without recognizing that effect.
— stan verrett (@stanverrett) September 3, 2022
Much obliged to you for breaking so many discriminatory limitations, #SerenaWilliams. Much obliged to you for showing ladies we can be spouses, moms, business visionaries AND extreme profession ladies. What’s more, in particular, thank you for showing young ladies of all shades and races that tennis doesn’t have a variety barrier.🎾 pic.twitter.com/N2FXnY7ymF
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) September 3, 2022
Venus and Serena Williams showed Black young ladies all over the planet that assuming it is conceivable, you can accomplish it.
Perpetually obliged. #ESSENCEpic.twitter.com/lZk5XKnBpA
— Substance (@Essence) September 3, 2022
Just awesome ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rYKjKi6cHf
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 3, 2022
It’s just Serena 🐐 pic.twitter.com/HfDRlkMMqx
— Grandstand Report (@BleacherReport) September 3, 2022
[email protected], you cleared a way past what anybody might have envisioned. Your inheritance will survive the ladies you propelled for quite a long time into the future. Cheers to an unbelievable profession. https://t.co/VIDtldD5h5
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) September 3, 2022
much obliged to you @serenawilliams for rising above sports for dark competitors, female competitors and each athlete🤍
such a joy to watch, gratitude for being a motivation
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 3, 2022