Celebrities and fans took to social media to express their support and admiration for the tennis icon as Serena Williams wrapped up the final chapter of her career at the US Open in New York on Friday night.
Hopes were high at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Williams, 40, dominated early in the first two sets, but her opponent Ajra Tomljanovic of Australia pulled her away every time. Tomljanovic won the first set her 7-5 and Williams took a tiebreaker victory in the second but was unable to beat Australia in the third and lost 6-1. I was.
In awe of the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s performance, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Tiger Woods and Michelle Obama praised Williams during and after the game.
“Congratulations on a great career. @Serena Williams! ” Former First Lady I have written Friday. “What a blessing it was to see the girl from Compton grow up and become one of the greatest athletes of all time.”
“I’m proud of you, my friend, and I can’t wait to see you continue to change lives with your talent,” she added.
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Magic Johnson thanked Williams for his contributions to the sports industry, writing: twitter“We witnessed the final U.S. Open of the greatest Serena Williams of all time!! I have a glove. @Serena Williams #thank you serena.”
“Serena has proven that you can dream bigger than where you’re from. From south-central Los Angeles to the best the world has ever seen… what a great story. !Thanks to her parents, Richard and Olesen Williams, for the work they did, raising Serena, Venus, and all of their children. ”
Simone Biles said, “Thank you. @Serena Williams To Transcend Sport for Black Athletes, Female Athletes, and All Athletes – So much fun to watch, thanks for the inspiration.
Legend calls Williams ‘GOAT’ I have written Of the match, “What a charming final bow. Such a gift to see her incredible career.”
Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff also tweeted.@Serena Williams On and off the court, she has inspired us all with her grit, grace and fearlessness. It is her legacy that we continue to fight for equal pay and gender equality in sport. ”
“Her incredible career has left her mark on the history of tennis,” wrote Billie Jean King. “Still, her greatest contribution may be yet to come. Thank you, @Serena WilliamsYour journey continues. ”
queer eye Star Jonathan Van Ness also praised Williams in a mere tweet, calling him the “forever champion.” #selina williamsNFL quarterback Russell Wilson said, ‘Thank you. @Serena Williams Best Champions & Rivals! Heart of Lion! ”
In a post-fight interview, Williams got emotional as he thanked his parents, including his father, Richard Williams, who was the focus of the Academy Award-winning film. King Richard.
“Thank you, Dad. I know you’re watching,” she said through tears. “Thank you, Mom. Oh my god.”
“Thank you to everyone here who has been by my side for years and decades,” she said. “Oh my god, literally decades. But it all started with my parents. And they deserve everything. So I’m really grateful to them.”