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Serena Williams ‘last dance on the floor’

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Serena Williams on Friday night brought an end to her tennis career with a dramatic three-set, 7-5. 6-7, 6-1 loss to Australian Tomljanovic at the US open tennis championships.

The tennis queen had announced that the tournament would be her last as she moves on to other things in her life.

At the end of the match, Williams was overwhelmed with emotion, but remained reflective on her career and extended gratitude to those who made it possible for her to become the great tennis player she has been.

Serena Williams who burst into tears after the defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open thanked her family, including father Richard and mother Oracene amid tears on the center of Arthur Ashe stadium.

“Thank you Daddy, I know you’re watching. Thanks Mom. Oh my God,” Williams said post-match.

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“I just [want to] 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,” she said.

Williams then went on to mention her elder sister Venus, for her instrumental role in the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s career.

“I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t [for] Venus, so, thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed,” Williams said.

This looks like the end of Williams on the tennis court professionally as she desires to ‘evolve’ and grow her family.

“Thank you everyone,” were the last words from Williams before departing Arthur Ashe as the music ends for the greatest player of the women’s Open era.

Many on social media have been paying their tributes to Williams after her defeat that brings an end to her career.


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