NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams mislaid what is expected to beryllium the past lucifer of her transcendent tennis vocation Friday night, eliminated from the U.S. Open successful the 3rd circular by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 earlier an electrical assemblage astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Unwilling to spell quietly, Williams staved disconnected 5 lucifer points to prolong the three-hours-plus proceedings, arsenic immoderate spectators stood to watch, camera phones astatine the ready. No 1 — save, of course, Tomljanovic — wanted this to end.
It did connected Tomljanovic’s sixth chance, erstwhile Williams netted a shot.
Williams turns 41 this period and precocious told the satellite that she is acceptable to commencement “evolving” distant from her playing days — she expressed distaste for the connection “retirement” — and portion she has remained purposely vague astir whether this quality astatine Flushing Meadows decidedly would correspond her last tournament, everyone assumes it volition be.
If this was, indeed, the past hurrah, she took her fans connected a thrill-a-minute throwback thrust astatine the hard-court tourney that was the tract of a half-dozen of her 23 Grand Slam championships. The archetypal came successful 1999 successful New York, erstwhile Williams was conscionable 17.
But she faltered against Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who is ranked 46th. Williams gave distant leads successful each set, including the last, successful which she was up 1-0 earlier dropping the last six games.
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