Serena Williams has done it all in tennis, but there's so much more to come

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Serena Williams acknowledges the assemblage  aft  losing successful  the 3rd  circular  of the US Open connected  Friday, September 2.

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Serena Williams acknowledges the assemblage aft losing successful the 3rd circular of the US Open connected Friday, September 2.

People cheer connected  Williams astatine  Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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People cheer connected Williams astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams reacts aft  losing to Ajla Tomljanović connected  Friday. "These are blessed  tears," Williams said during her on-court interview.

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Williams reacts aft losing to Ajla Tomljanović connected Friday. "These are blessed tears," Williams said during her on-court interview.

Williams motions a bosom  to her fans aft  the lucifer  connected  Friday.

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Williams motions a bosom to her fans aft the lucifer connected Friday.

Williams shakes hands with Tomljanović aft  the match.

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Williams shakes hands with Tomljanović aft the match.

Williams returns a changeable  connected  Friday. The lucifer  lasted a small  much  than 3  hours, and Williams fought disconnected  5  lucifer  points successful  the last  game.

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Williams returns a changeable connected Friday. The lucifer lasted a small much than 3 hours, and Williams fought disconnected 5 lucifer points successful the last game.

Fans cheer connected  Williams connected  Friday.

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Fans cheer connected Williams connected Friday.

Williams serves during Friday's match.

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Williams serves during Friday's match.

Williams' coach, Rennae Stubbs, and mother, Oracene Price, ticker  connected  Friday.

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Williams' coach, Rennae Stubbs, and mother, Oracene Price, ticker connected Friday.

Williams returns a changeable  connected  Friday.

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Williams returns a changeable connected Friday.

Williams reacts during Friday's match.

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Williams reacts during Friday's match.

Tomljanović celebrates aft  winning the archetypal  acceptable   Friday.

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Tomljanović celebrates aft winning the archetypal acceptable Friday.

Fans ticker  arsenic  Williams is introduced astatine  Arthur Ashe Stadium connected  Friday.

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Fans ticker arsenic Williams is introduced astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium connected Friday.

Williams walks onto the tribunal  up  of her lucifer  Friday.

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Williams walks onto the tribunal up of her lucifer Friday.

Williams and her sister, Venus, played doubles unneurotic  connected  Thursday. They mislaid  successful  the archetypal  round, however, to Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

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Williams and her sister, Venus, played doubles unneurotic connected Thursday. They mislaid successful the archetypal round, however, to Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

Williams, little   left, serves during Thursday's doubles match.

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Williams, little left, serves during Thursday's doubles match.

Williams takes pictures with fans astatine  Arthur Ashe Stadium aft  her second-round singles triumph   connected  Wednesday. She knocked disconnected  second-seeded Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2.

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Williams takes pictures with fans astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium aft her second-round singles triumph connected Wednesday. She knocked disconnected second-seeded Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2.

Williams celebrates aft  her triumph   Wednesday.

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Williams celebrates aft her triumph Wednesday.

Williams reaches for a changeable  during Wednesday's match.

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Williams reaches for a changeable during Wednesday's match.

The fans astatine  Arthur Ashe Stadium cheered each   constituent   Williams won connected  Wednesday, conscionable  arsenic  they did connected  Monday.

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The fans astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium cheered each constituent Williams won connected Wednesday, conscionable arsenic they did connected Monday.

Williams watches a replay during Wednesday's match.

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Williams watches a replay during Wednesday's match.

Williams prepares to service  Wednesday.

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Williams prepares to service Wednesday.

Golf fable  Tiger Woods reacts to a Williams constituent   connected  Wednesday.

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Golf fable Tiger Woods reacts to a Williams constituent connected Wednesday.

Kontaveit, a 26-year-old from Estonia, returns a shot.

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Kontaveit, a 26-year-old from Estonia, returns a shot.

Williams reacts aft  winning the archetypal  acceptable   tiebreaker connected  Wednesday.

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Williams reacts aft winning the archetypal acceptable tiebreaker connected Wednesday.

Williams has won six US Open singles titles during her illustrious career.

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Williams has won six US Open singles titles during her illustrious career.

Williams serves during Wednesday's match.

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Williams serves during Wednesday's match.

Williams and Kontaveit airs  earlier  the commencement  of their match.

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Williams and Kontaveit airs earlier the commencement of their match.

Fans participate  Arthur Ashe Stadium for Wednesday's match.

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Fans participate Arthur Ashe Stadium for Wednesday's match.

Williams' sister Venus, left, watches Wednesday's lucifer  adjacent   Woods and his partner, Erica Herman.

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Williams' sister Venus, left, watches Wednesday's lucifer adjacent Woods and his partner, Erica Herman.

Williams walks onto the tribunal  earlier  her lucifer  connected  Wednesday.

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Williams walks onto the tribunal earlier her lucifer connected Wednesday.

Fans astatine  Arthur Ashe Stadium amusement   their emotion  for Williams aft  Monday's opening   triumph   implicit    Danka Kovinic.

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Fans astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium amusement their emotion for Williams aft Monday's opening triumph implicit Danka Kovinic.

Tennis icon Billie Jean King congratulates Williams aft  Monday's match. King besides  spoke during a post-ceremony recognizing Williams and her tremendous   career.

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Tennis icon Billie Jean King congratulates Williams aft Monday's match. King besides spoke during a post-ceremony recognizing Williams and her tremendous career.

The assemblage  was firmly successful  Williams' country   connected  Monday, cheering each   constituent   she won.

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The assemblage was firmly successful Williams' country connected Monday, cheering each constituent she won.

Williams reacts during the lucifer  connected  Monday.

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Williams reacts during the lucifer connected Monday.

Fans extracurricular  the stadium ticker  the Williams lucifer  connected  a video surface  Monday.

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Fans extracurricular the stadium ticker the Williams lucifer connected a video surface Monday.

Williams returns a changeable  connected  Monday. It was conscionable  her 2nd  triumph   since her instrumentality    to the athletics  successful  June. She had missed a twelvemonth  done  injury.

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Williams returns a changeable connected Monday. It was conscionable her 2nd triumph since her instrumentality to the athletics successful June. She had missed a twelvemonth done injury.

Fans cheer for Williams during Monday's match.

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Fans cheer for Williams during Monday's match.

Williams' daughter, Olympia, takes a representation   earlier  her mom's lucifer  connected  Monday.

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Williams' daughter, Olympia, takes a representation earlier her mom's lucifer connected Monday.

Williams serves during Monday's match.

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Williams serves during Monday's match.

Williams and Kovinic airs  for photos earlier  playing Monday. Kovinic, a 27-year-old from Montenegro, is ranked 80th successful  the world.

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Williams and Kovinic airs for photos earlier playing Monday. Kovinic, a 27-year-old from Montenegro, is ranked 80th successful the world.

Williams walks onto the tribunal  earlier  her lucifer  Monday. Many see  her to beryllium  the top  women's tennis subordinate    of each  time.

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Williams walks onto the tribunal earlier her lucifer Monday. Many see her to beryllium the top women's tennis subordinate of each time.

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Williams warms up   earlier  her lucifer  connected  Monday.

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Williams warms up earlier her lucifer connected Monday.

Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, watches Monday's lucifer  with their daughter, Olympia.

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Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, watches Monday's lucifer with their daughter, Olympia.

Fans amusement   their enactment    for Williams extracurricular  the stadium Monday.

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Fans amusement their enactment for Williams extracurricular the stadium Monday.

Williams walks to the signifier    tribunal  earlier  her lucifer  connected  Monday.

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Williams walks to the signifier tribunal earlier her lucifer connected Monday.

Fans airs  for photos adjacent  to a life-sized representation  of Williams connected  Monday.

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Fans airs for photos adjacent to a life-sized representation of Williams connected Monday.

CNN  — 

Twenty-seven years connected the nonrecreational tour, 23 expansive slam singles titles and a plethora of records; Serena Williams is leaving tennis arsenic 1 of the greatest players to ever grace the court.

After losing to Ajla Tomljanovic astatine this year’s US Open, the American gave an affectional farewell to the athletics that she has helped signifier implicit the past 2 decades.

Given her impeccable standards, it wasn’t the fairytale ending that she astir apt would person wanted, but the absorption from those wrong Arthur Ashe Stadium was further impervious of conscionable however important Williams has been to the game.

All week astatine the US Open, players and fans person been regaling stories of however her beingness has influenced their ain and appreciation has been shown done banners successful the stands and messages crossed societal media.

The 40-year-old closes the last section of her singular vocation having won an astounding 39 expansive slam titles – 23 singles titles, 14 doubles titles and 2 mixed doubles titles.

Williams does, however, decorativeness 1 singles expansive slam singles rubric abbreviated of the all-time grounds held by Australian Margaret Court, but it’s thing she says she’s much than travel to presumption with.

“I’d beryllium lying if I said I didn’t privation that record. Obviously, I do,” Williams wrote erstwhile she announced her forthcoming status in Vogue.

“Shoulda, woulda, coulda. I didn’t amusement up the mode I should person oregon could have. But I showed up 23 times, and that’s fine. Actually, it’s extraordinary.”

Serena Williams bids a tearful farewell to fans aft  losing to Ajla Tomljanovic successful  the US Open.

Alongside her sister Venus, Serena Williams has inspired a procreation of youngsters to prime up a racket and near an indelible people connected the sport.

The brace has inspired Hollywood, notably the movie “King Richard” which showed the dedication and absorption needed by the full Williams household to nutrient 2 of the top players to ever measurement connected the court.

Their dad, Richard Williams, is the absorption of that movie and arsenic their manager helium trained them hard connected the rundown nationalist courts successful 1990s Compton, Los Angeles. It was a tutorage that laid the foundations of some their careers and inspired others from each walks of beingness to believe.

“I deliberation that her [Williams’] bequest is truly wide to the constituent wherever you can’t adjacent picture it successful words,” four-time expansive slam champion Naomi Osaka said erstwhile describing Serena Williams’ power up of the US Open.

“She changed the athletics truthful much. She’s introduced radical that person ne'er heard of tennis into the sport.

“I deliberation I’m a merchandise of what she’s done. I wouldn’t beryllium present without Serena, Venus, her full family. I’m, like, precise thankful to her.”

Williams;’ nonrecreational debut came successful 1995, erstwhile she was defeated by Annie Miller erstwhile she was a specified 14 years old.

She developed rapidly and didn’t person to hold agelong for silverware though, claiming her archetypal expansive slam singles rubric successful 1999 astatine the US Open.

It was a trophy she would spell connected to triumph 5 much times arsenic she toured the satellite entertaining thousands of fans arsenic she did so.

In total, she won 7 singles titles astatine Wimbledon, 3 astatine the French Open and 7 astatine the Australian Open to go arguably the biggest sanction successful the athletics crossed the globe.

She saw disconnected generations of tennis players with her often unstoppable powerfulness and intelligence fortitude. At her peak, she was unplayable; lone she could bushed herself.

Serena Williams celebrates winning the 1999 US Open against Martina Hingis.

Some of sports biggest names person been paying tribute to Williams and her achievements during the US Open. Following Friday’s defeat, four-time NBA champion LeBron James posted a video to Twitter hailing Williams’ accomplishments.

“Wow, wherever bash I start?” helium said. “First of all, I’ll commencement disconnected by saying congratulations to you, to an unbelievable career. You’re a GOAT. What you’ve done for the athletics of tennis, what you’ve done for women and what you’ve done for the class of sport, period, is unprecedented.

“It’s been an grant to ticker your journey, to ticker you conquer each the goals you ever acceptable out, to spot you interruption records, to spot you beryllium astonishing and transcendent not lone connected the tennis court, but besides off.

“I virtually tin beryllium present and speech astir your travel and conscionable speech astir watching you from afar and speech astir our narration present for an hour, but I don’t privation to bore you excessively overmuch astir worldly you already know. So I conscionable privation to accidental convey you for being this inspiration for truthful many.”

In a tweet, 15-time play large victor Tiger Woods said: “You’re virtually the top connected and disconnected the court. Thank you for inspiring each of america to prosecute our dreams. I emotion you small sis!!!!!!”

As she reached the twilight of her career, though, the ever-present favourite astatine expansive slams had to instrumentality up a caller relation – 1 she was little acquainted with.

Since returning from a interruption aft the commencement of her daughter, Williams was nary longer the irrepressible subordinate she erstwhile was.

The bosom was there, of people it was, and determination were much than capable glimpses of magic to marque you judge that a 24th expansive slam was possible, but yet the situation was excessively great.

In truth, however, it’s singular that Williams was adjacent playing connected tribunal aft what proved to beryllium a life-threatening acquisition giving birth.

Her girl Olympia was calved by an exigency C-section and, portion that country went smoothly, Williams suffered from complications successful the aftermath.

“It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is simply a information successful which 1 oregon much arteries successful the lungs becomes blocked by a humor clot,” she wrote for CNN.

“Because of my aesculapian past with this problem, I unrecorded successful fearfulness of this situation. So, erstwhile I fell abbreviated of breath, I didn’t hold a 2nd to alert the nurses.

“This sparked a slew of wellness complications that I americium fortunate to person survived. First my C-section coiled popped unfastened owed to the aggravated coughing I endured arsenic a effect of the embolism.

“I returned to surgery, wherever the doctors recovered a ample hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, successful my abdomen. And past I returned to the operating country for a process that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs.

“When I yet made it location to my family, I had to walk the archetypal six weeks of motherhood successful bed.”

Williams has go  a instrumentality   favourite  crossed  the world.

It’s a communicative of resilience which is simply a microcosm of her career.

Williams has ever recovered a mode to support turning up, battling done aggregate injuries and playing connected portion suffering from postpartum depression.

It’s wherefore she’ll beryllium remembered for overmuch much than her tennis achievements and sponsorship deals.

Throughout her life, Williams has sacrificed it each for her assemblage – it’s yet what made her 1 of the top and astir memorable athletes successful the satellite – but she’s present acceptable to “evolve” distant from a sport.

According to Reuters, Williams earned implicit $94 cardinal successful prize wealth but earned an estimated $340 cardinal done endorsements and her sponsorship deals are not apt to adust up.

Her status volition present springiness her much clip to prosecute concern ventures and she’s keen to springiness backmost done her foundation ambassador roles.

And portion Williams volition undoubtedly person a palmy vocation station tennis, the athletics volition endure without her connected tour.

“I’m unspeakable astatine goodbyes, the world’s worst. But delight cognize that I americium much grateful for you than I tin ever explicit successful words,” she wrote successful her Vogue article.

“You person carried maine to truthful galore wins and truthful galore trophies. I’m going to miss that mentation of me, that miss who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”

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