Serena Williams Loses U.S. Open in Third Round, Likely Ends Illustrious Career

2 SEP, 2022

By Monu Jha

Serena Williams dropped her third-round U.S. Open match to Ajla Tomljanović, likely bringing an end to her storied career.

Tomljanović needed a little over three hours Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York to defeat Williams 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 to advance to the round of 16.

Williams, widely considered the greatest player to ever play the sport, roared back in the second set following a huge momentum swing.

But Williams struggled early in the third set, and it seemed all but inevitable that her sensational comeback would fall short.

"I mean, I'm literally playing my way into this and getting better," she said. "I don't think so but you never know. I don't know.

The loss comes after Williams' two singles wins and a doubles match loss with her sister, Venus Williams.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion kicked off the tournament by beating Danka Kovinić 6-3, 6-3 in the first match. Williams stepped out in style for her final U.S.

Open debut, arriving at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York in a black, embellished bodice and tutu skirt by Nike.