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Serena Williams Says She “Wouldn’t Be Serena If There Wasn’t Venus” Following Her Final Match

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The drop scene had to slam on professional tennis player Serena Williams’ prominent career by any means, though in reality, it opened up beneath the dazzling lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night did the legacy equitability of the superstar.

Following a tremendous competitive match of three-set which displayed completely marvelous tennis against a player who grew up admiring her, Williams’ iconic career came to a commendable termination with a 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1 loss to Ajla Tomljanović in front of a cherishing crowd.

No eye was dry on Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Serena Williams lost the final match of her legendary career.

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In her interview after the match, Williams thanked her parents emotionally, including her father Richard Williams who is the center of attention in the Academy Award-winning movie King Richard.

The 40-year-old said with tears in her eyes: “Thank you, Daddy. I know you’re watching. Thanks, Mom. Oh, my God.”

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“I 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 thinks her tears “are happy tears,” said she while she continues to credit her elder sister Venus for making her potential historic career.

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“I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed,” she added.

Williams proceeded to thank her friends and family, including her husband Alexis Ohanian and daughter Olympia, prior to sending her acknowledgment to the record-breaking crowd and to the millions of fans who have supported her over her 27-year career.

She said: “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. You got me here.”

About the future of the tournament, Williams said that she would be “evolving away from tennis” following the US Open, yet previously this week in post-match interviews she’s enclosed the question. Even so, on Friday, Williams resonated more conclusive at the time she was asked whether this was the truth.

“I don’t think so, but you never know,” she said.

Later that night she added in her post-match interview: “Clearly I’m still capable. It takes a lot more than that. I’m ready to, like, be a mom, explore a different version of Serena. Technically in the world I’m still super young, so I want to have a little bit of a life while I’m still walking.”

In the year 1995, the sports icon went pro at the age of 14 after being trained by her father, Richard Williams, in their Compton, California neighborhood, is a seven-time Australian Open women’s singles champion, a seven-time Wimbledon winner, a six-time US Open victor, and a three-time French Open champion. Besides, she and her elder sister Venus, teamed up to win 14 major doubles championships.

Still, Williams expects to remain in tennis in some dimensions, she said on Friday that if this is really for her professional career.

She said: “For me, tennis has been such a huge part of my life, I can’t imagine not being involved in tennis. I don’t know what that involvement is yet. But I feel like it’s provided me with so many opportunities. Through that, it’s provided other people with so many amazing opportunities. I think it means so much to me in my life, and I’ve had so many amazing moments, that I don’t see a future without it.” [H/T PEOPLE]

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