Serena Williams lost in the third round of the US Open, at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, marking what was likely her final match as a professional tennis player.
Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic beat the iconic tennis great on the night of September 2, in a thrilling three-hour battle.
This footage, filmed by Avani Laroia, shows the crowd cheering as Williams becomes emotional on her way off the court, crying in her final interview, thanking her parents, sister Venus, and fans.
“Thank you so much, you guys were amazing today. I wish I played a little bit better. Thank you, Daddy, I know you’re watching. Thanks Mom,” Williams said. “I just thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side so many years, decades. Oh my gosh, literally decades. But it all started with my parents, and they deserve everything, so I’m really grateful for them.”
“These are happy tears, I guess! And I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you Venus.”
When asked if she would reconsider retirement, Williams said, “I don’t think so, but you never know.” Credit: Avani Laroia via Storyful
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh my god, thank you so much. You guys were amazing today. I tried. I wish I'd played just a little bit better. Thank you, Daddy. I know you're watching. Thanks, Mom. Oh my god.
To everyone that's here, that's been by my side so many years, decades -- my gosh, literally decades. But it all started with my parents, and they deserve everything, so I'm really grateful to them.
These are happy tears, I guess. I don't know. And I wouldn't be Serena if there wasn't Venus. So thank you, Venus.
I don't know, I just -- everyone from Jill to Isha to my sister up there. To my husband-- [INAUDIBLE] Everyone in my box -- [INAUDIBLE] It's been a fun ride and--
[INAUDIBLE] in my life, and I'm just so grateful to every single person that's ever said "Go Serena" in their life. I'm just so grateful [INAUDIBLE].
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