Celebrities react to Serena Williams’ US Open loss

Celebrities gather Serena Williams after playing and losing her last tennis match of her career.

On September 2, the athlete, considered the biggest tennis star of all time, withdrew from the 2022 US Open on September 2 following a 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1 third-round loss to Ayla Tomljanovic, the 46th ranked Australian player. The match came nearly a month after Serena wrote to a Fashion essay that she plans to say goodbye to the sport and is trying to have a second child.

When asked in a post-match press conference what it would take to get back to tennis, she said, “I don’t know. I’m not thinking about that…Obviously, I’m still capable, but it also takes a lot more than that. I’m ready to like it, to be a mom, to explore a different version of Serena.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, mother of daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., 5, added, “Technically in the world, I’m still very young, so I want to have some life while I’m still walking.” The 40-year-old later said, “I think for sure, I’ll probably do karaoke tomorrow.”

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Tiger Woods he tweeted“@serenawilliams you are literally the best on and off the court. Thanks for inspiring us all to chase our dreams. Love you little sister!!!!!!”

Inside her Fashion essay Serena wrote that this spring, she sought advice from the golf champion about her tennis career. “I said, ‘I don’t know what to do: I think I’m over it, but maybe I’m not,'” she said. “He is the Tiger and he was adamant that I will become a beast in the same way that he is! He said, “Serena, what if you just gave him two weeks? You don’t have to commit to anything. You just go out on the field every day for two weeks and give it your all and see what happens.”

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Michelle Obama he tweeted“Congratulations on an amazing career, @SerenaWilliams! How lucky we were to watch a young girl from Compton grow up to become one of the greatest athletes of all time. I’m proud of you my friend—and I can’t wait to see the lives you continue to transform with your talents.”

tennis star Coco Gauff he tweeted“Serena, THANK YOU. It is because of you that I believe in this dream. The impact you have had on me is beyond any words that can be composed and for that I say thank you, thank you, thank you, KATAGI!”

Retired tennis star and former US No. 1 player Billie Jean King he tweeted“Her incredible career has left her mark on tennis history. And yet her greatest contribution may be yet to come. Thank you, @serenawilliams. Your journey continues.”

Inside her Fashion In the essay, Serena wrote that she hoped “people see me as symbolizing something bigger than tennis,” adding, “I admire Billie Jean because she transcended her sport.”

Country singer Maren Morris he tweeted“As someone who found his love for tennis during Covid and post-partum depression, Serena, you’ve given me so much hope. I’m getting tired.”

football star Alex Morgan he tweeted“Serena fights to the last point, always. You have given so much to tennis and so much to women’s sport. Thank you @serenawilliams.”

Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes he tweeted“Thank you! #Serena,” adding a tennis player emoji and three goat emojis.

Oprah Winfrey he tweeted“25 years. Champion. Shero. Legend forever! @serenawilliams #USOpen.”

John Legend he tweeted“Salute the GOAT @serenawilliams. What a riveting final bow. Such a gift to watch her incredible career.”

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps he tweeted“It’s really fun to watch Serena not only change the sport of tennis, but more importantly, how she’s helped empower the next generation. Her accomplishments in tennis speak for themselves, but one of the things I admire about her is that he just does it” He doesn’t give up. On or off the court… her will, her strength, her determination… she just never gives up. He is a great example for all of us. Congratulations and thank you, Serena!!”

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