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Serena Williams has finally retired from tennis for good, ending a career spanning more than two decades and dozens of titles. It was almost three hours of struggle, but she finally lost to Australian Alja Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open.
The American is ending a long, hard but beautiful professional career, in which she came within a few matches of reaching the incredible mark of 1000 matches played. She won more than 70 titles, including 23 Grand Slams. This feat makes her the second player with the most trophies in tennis history, behind only Australia’s Margaret Court.
Analysis of the last Serena William US Open match
Despite the defeat, the 41-year-old made history by defying the odds of her age and competing at the highest level. In three thrilling matches, the American player gave us great highlights and statistics to enjoy. it is worth sitting in front of the TV and watching again the last matches of this tennis legend.
A Wonderful Start
In the first round, it was incredible how she defeated the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic in less than two hours. Serena converted five break points to win in two straight sets she won four games in a row. The dominance of the American player was absolute, at no time did Kovinic react or showed signs of being able to change the course of the match.
In the second round, she had a tough challenge that seemed impossible to overcome, as she faced the number 2 of the WTA ranking Anett Kontaveit. Williams took two and a half hours to defeat Kontaveit, as unlike in the first round, she needed three sets to claim victory. The statistics of both players were similar, however, Serena Williams had almost twice as many aces as her opponent.
The match started with a great pace, both players had something, in particular, to fight for. While Williams wanted to end her career with a historic success, the Australian wanted to have the title of being the player who ended the career of Serena Williams.
In the first set both managed to break the opponent’s serve, Serena did it a couple of times but Tomljanovic did it three times and won the first set 7-5. In the second set, everything was more intense, both broke serve twice and played an extra game, in which the American won.
As expected, in the third set Serena had a drop in her physical performance, as the first two sets had been demanding. In the first game, Williams converted a breakpoint, but from then on she lost 6 games in a row. Maybe with one year less Serena would have been at her best until the last set.
Serena Williams’ Grand Slam trophies
7 – Australian Open
3 – Roland Garros
7 – Wimbledon
6 – US Open