Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career likely over after third-round singles’ play loss at US Open
Serena Williams’ career may be over and has a lot to do with the outcome of her US Open singles’ third-round win Saturday.
Williams, who at 35 is the oldest player in the event, came back from 9-1 down in the first set to beat American Sam Stosur 9-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last eight of the biggest tournament of the year.
Williams had never lost to Stosur and was one of only two players in the quarterfinals who didn’t drop a set. The last player to do that was Maria Sharapova, when she lost to her in the third round in 2010.
Williams’ career may be over after the third-round loss to Stosur, who is ranked as high as No. 6 in the world.
Williams’ last victory came on May 16.
What’s at stake
The American won at the US Open for the first time since winning the women’s title in 2008, something that has taken her back to No. 1 for the first time in her career. She also finished No. 2 on the list of all-time Grand Slam champions, though is ranked 14th.
Williams beat Spain’s Amelie Mauresmo in the first round. Mauresmo is ranked No. 11 in the world and, like herself, has lost four consecutive matches.
What they’re saying
“I’m thrilled that I was able to win. Right now, I can’t think of anything right now, but I’ve been waiting for this for so long that I can’t really do much right now except celebrate with my mom and my family and our team. I have a huge team. It will not change at this point, but I can’t even think about anything until I get through this. I’m just in shock and overwhelmed at the moment.” – Serena Williams, via USAToday.com.
“This is a really good point in my career, so I’m obviously very proud of the way I’ve played my last