Serena Williams has been defeated by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović in the third round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.
She won the match 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1 to advance to the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.
When asked if she would reconsider her decision to retire from tennis, Serena told ESPN after the match: “I don’t think so, but you never know.”
She thanked her parents, explaining that she was very grateful to them because they started everything.
Serena also credited her older sister, Venus Williams, for her success.
“I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus,” she said. “She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.”
For her part, Tomljanović said she was feeling sorry because “I love Serena just as much as you guys do.”
“What she’s done for me, for the sport of tennis, is incredible,” she said in her interview on court. “I never thought that I’d have a chance to play her in her last match when I remember watching her as a kid in all those finals, so this is a surreal moment for me.”
Talking about how she handled the occasion of being in this electric environment at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Tomljanović said: “I just thought she would beat me, you know. The pressure wasn’t on me. She’s Serena. I didn’t think that I — even to the last point I knew that she’s in a really good position to win even when she’s down 5-1. I don’t know how many match points I needed to finish it off, but that’s just who she is. She’s the greatest of all time, period.”
Serena Williams’ defeat comes after she won over Anett Kontaveit in the second round.
Ajla Tomljanović will face Russian Liudmila Samsonova in the round of 16. Samsonova defeated Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6-3.