The US Open 2022 rewrote the history of tennis for many reasons, the most important and symbolic of which is obviously Serena Williams' last career match. A moment of emotions and tears, an embrace that involves more than twenty years of tennis, and three generations of athletes: pure poetry on the Arthur Ashe Stadium hard-court.
The American champion, winner of twenty-three Grand Slam titles, has long announced that the US Open would be her last tournament but many were moved to see her last dance. Someone had also begun to believe in the company after the victory over seeded number two Kontaveit, then instead the American lost to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
After the match Serena had made the following statements: "Playing like this made my retirement easier. But also a bit difficult. I have improved week after week since my return, overall it leaves me a bit ' a bitter taste in my mouth because I know that if I had started again earlier I probably could have gotten a higher level from my tennis.
But I don't know, I'm just happy with my career. I've practically spent my entire life on the pitch and that also makes me happy because I've always wanted to do it."
Serena Williams better than Roger Federer
Serena Williams' match against Tomljanovic was followed by millions of spectators around the world.
VIPs at the stadium and many people in front of the TV have seen the last hits of what is considered by many to be the strongest tennis player of all time. As reported by journalist Jimmy Traina, Serena Williams' latest challenge was the most watched tennis match in ESPN history with 4.8 million spectators.
The previous record was in the Wimbledon final won by Federer in 2012 with 3.9 million spectators. Now Serena will start another phase of her life: family, business and more!