Serena Williams dominated the tennis world for over 2 decades, she's shattered dreams and broken records.
Serena Williams was participating in the final tournament of her professional tennis career
Friday evening she and her opponent, Ajla Tomljanović stepped onto the tennis court, putting up a fashionable performance of the US Open, and exciting the fans.
she had the whole crowd cheering her on, going tit-for-tat for every play.
Her remarkable 27 year tennis career ended in the third round on Friday, losing 7-5, 6-7 (4/7) 6-1 to her opponent.
After the game, she thanked her parents, sister, and fans for their unwavering support in an on-court interview.
Oh my god, thank you so much. You guys were amazing today. I tried, Alija played a little bit better. Thank you. Daddy! I know you're watching. Thanks Mom. Oh my god. Just everyone that's here that's been on my side so many years, decades. Oh my gosh, literally decades," she said, speaking on-court,
It all started with my parents and they deserved everything. So, I'm really grateful for them. And I wouldn't be Serena, there wasn't Venus. So thank you Venus. She's the only reason Serena Williams ever existed," she said, holding back tears.I it's been a fun ride. It's been the most incredible ride and journey I've ever been on, I mean, in my life. I'm just so grateful to every single person that's ever said, Go, Serena, in their life. I'm just so grateful. Yeah, I mean, you got me here.
Other sporting greats paid tribute to her greatness and iconic career, including LeBron James
, who has been a fan of Serena Williams for much of her career and posted his own heartfelt tribute in a two-minute video clip on Twitter.