Serena Williams’ family and friends hung out in the lobby of Flushing Meadows’ player’s area late Friday night, but there was no funeral atmosphere.
The retiring superstar had just lost in the third round at the U.S. Open, but the atmosphere was relaxed with her husband Alexis holding and talking to her daughter Olympia.
They seemed at peace with this huge watershed in Serena’s life. It was.
Williams’ final press conference was a memorable one, which is evident in comparison to the highly hyped occasions of its kind that have come before.
The record shows that a 23-time Grand Slam champion has been eliminated in their last six games.
She saved five match points with a string of forehand winners, constantly procrastinating the moment the sea of cellphones was about to capture.
Was it really the last gasp of a 27-year career? Williams was finally asked: “I don’t know. I don’t think about it. But I’ve always loved Australia,” she said. He replied with a teasing smile.
Serena Williams has refused to confirm her retirement after a three-round loss at the US Open.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows on Saturday afternoon.
However, it was clear she wouldn’t be coming to Melbourne in January.
She has other things to do, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from the three rounds in New York, she’s approaching her 41st birthday, like athlete Tomlyanovic Aussie. It was that I needed absolute commitment to keep competing with the players.
The fact is that the American ran out of power despite her batting ability. And unlike Wimbledon, it’s not like she failed to properly prepare for the event. I had a scientific buildup focused on the practice set, but there wasn’t much left in the tank as my two hours on the court turned into three.
In fact, had she faced a strong Russian Lyudmila Samsonova in the fourth round, the results would have been overwhelming.
The 40-year-old said she’s “not thinking” about the next chapter of her career yet.
Williams is a bully with a keen antennae for self-promotion, but this was probably it.
Depending on how the next few years work out, we couldn’t entirely rule out considering whether she would be a good fit for her, depending on her business plans and the expansion of her family.
She now faces what some call the first death in an athlete’s life, death at the end of her playing career.
Williams insisted he was unfazed by the prospect, saying, “I have a bright future ahead of me. And now that Covid has hit, I’m in a good position. Everyone is out of action for a year, It gave us an idea of what our lives would be like if we weren’t playing tennis.
Australia’s Ajra Tomljanovic may have been Williams’ final singles opponent.
There wasn’t a great post-mortem to her career, but she chose to win the French Open in 2015.
She jokingly joked about her proudest moment of the week, referring to her outrageous behavior on the court in the past. I didn’t want to.
The U.S. Open will miss her, as will tennis in general. It was a rare connector.
She left Jessica Pegula at the No. 1 spot in the US. She’s a fine performer, but she’s not one to change the dial with the masses.
American youth Coco Gauff is being touted to fill the gap Serena Williams is leaving
Their greatest hope is Coco Gauff, an articulate and charming teenager on top of the world’s top 10.
She will get a lot of attention for her, especially since no American male looks ready to make a breakthrough any time soon. You may find yourself carrying a Her development was more gradual, so she’s better prepared to deal with it.
As for Williams, she didn’t have many fixed plans for the next few days: “Maybe I’ll spend time with my daughter. I’m a super hands-on mom. I’ll definitely be singing karaoke tomorrow.”