Serena Williams lost to Ajla Tomljanovic in her last US Open match, and she now wants to move on from tennis

On day five of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Serena Williams of the United States hits Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.

Serena Williams said a sad goodbye to the U.S. Open on Friday when she ended up losing to Tomljanovic in the third round. This could have been the last singles match of her long and successful career.

Williams has always found it hard to accept defeat, and her 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 loss to the 46th-ranked Australian tennis player hurt her deeply.

After reaching the third round, it was no shame to lose to Tomljanovic. This meant that the 23-time Grand Slam winner could leave with his head held high and his dignity still intact.

Her three matches, especially her second-round win over Anett Kontaveit, were a gift to her fans. She showed the same never-quit spirit that made her the finest tennis player for 20 years. 

Williams, who turns 41 this month, said before the tournament that she was getting ready to stop playing tennis. She has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at the US Open. 

Serena talked to the tournament officials after the match with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. She was feeling all kinds of things.