Serena Williams lost at the US Open in what is supposedly going to end up being the final tournament of her storied career.
On Friday night, Serena lost to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open.
SERENA'S U.S. OPEN ENDS
The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner lost 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 to Ajla Tomljanovic in what could be the final match of her legendary career pic.twitter.com/FWSqiLxlQF
— Bally Sports (@BallySports) September 3, 2022
After the match, both Tiger Woods and LeBron James took to social media to honor Serena.
“LeBron here wow, First I wanted to say congratulations to you, to an unbelievable career, you’re a GOAT, what you’ve done for the sport of tennis, what you’ve done for women, and you what you’ve done for the category of sport period, it’s been an honor to watch your journey”
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 3, 2022
Woods tweeted out his tribute to Serena.
.@serenawilliams you’re literally the greatest on and off the court. Thank you for inspiring all of us to pursue our dreams. I love you little sis!!!!!!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 3, 2022
Despite declaring that she was retiring before the US Open, Serena appeared to leave the door open from a comeback.
She was asked during her postgame interview about reconsidering her retirement announcement and didn’t immediately deny it, saying ”I don’t think so, but you never know. I don’t know.”
It’s clear that Serena can still compete with the world’s best tennis players but it’ll probably better off that she ride off into the susnet after a spectacular run at the US Open.