United States President Joe Biden called Serena Williams "a champion of all time" and praised her for showing that it is possible to believe dream big and achieve it. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is widely considered as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
"Serena Williams, you’re an inspiration, a champion of all time. Thank you for dreaming, daring, and proving that anything is possible,” Biden tweeted.
.@SerenaWilliams, you’re an inspiration, a champion of all time.
Thank you for dreaming, daring, and proving that anything is possible.
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 3, 2022
Williams on how she wants to be remembered
Williams has accomplished pretty much everything during her playing days. Williams captured her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open, while her 23rd and final Grand Slam title came at the 2017 Australian Open.
Williams' ability to stay on top of the game for two decades will always be one of the most impressive things about her. “There’s so many things to be remembered by," Williams said after her final match. “Like the fight.
I’m such a fighter. I feel like I really brought something, and bring something, to tennis. The different looks, the fist pumps, the just crazy intensity. I think that obviously the passion I think is a really good word. Just continuing through ups and downs.
I could go on and on. But I just honestly am so grateful that I had this moment and that I’m Serena, so." After beating Danka Kovinic and second-seeded Anett Kontaveit, Williams fell short to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round.
Tomljanovic, who was playing against Williams for the first time, handed her a 7-5 6-7 (4) 6-1 loss. In the final game of the match, Williams saved five match points on Tomljanovic's serve. But Tomljanovic kept her focus as she clinched her sixth match point and realized it to complete a three-set win against Williams. Even though Williams was down big in the third set, she refused to go down without a fight.