Reaction to Serena Williams losing in her likely final game

Reaction to Serena Williams’ Friday night loss to Ajla Tomljanovic at the US Open in what was to be the last match of her career:

“(at) serenawilliams, you are literally the best on and off the pitch. Thank you for inspiring us all to pursue our dreams. I love you little sister!!!!!” — Tiger Woods, via Twitter.

“Congratulations on an incredible career, (at)SerenaWilliams. How lucky we were to watch a young girl from Compton grow into one of the greatest athletes of all time. I am proud of you, my friend, and I look forward to seeing the lives you continue to transform with your talents.” — Michelle Obama, via Twitter.

“All heart. So much love.” — Alexis Ohanian, Williams’ husband, via Twitter.

“I think she embodies that no dream is too big and it doesn’t matter where you come from or the circumstances. You can do anything if you believe in yourself and love what you do and have a incredible support system and family around you.—Tomljanovic, in his on-pitch interview after his win.

“We just attended the last US Open for the greatest of all time, Serena Williams!! Serena meant so much to the sport, the game of tennis, the world, every little girl and even more for every little black girl around the world — Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson via Twitter.

“Serena, THANK YOU. It is because of you that I believe in this dream. The impact you have had on me goes beyond any words that can be put together and for that I say thank you, thank you, thank you , GOAT!” – Coco Gauff, via Twitter.

“It was really fun to watch Serena not only change the sport of tennis, but more importantly, how she helped empower the next generation. Her tennis exploits speak for themselves, but one of the things that what I admire about her is that she just doesn’t give up.On or off the court.—Michael Phelps, Olympic gold medalist in swimming, via Twitter.

“Love you (at) serenawilliams. It’s been the pleasure of a lifetime watching you become what you have. I can’t wait to see what you do next. Thank you old friend. – Andy Roddick, member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, via Twitter.

“I feel like I’ve really brought something, and I’m bringing something, to tennis. The different looks, the punches, the intensity just crazy. I think obviously the passion I think is a really good word. Yeah, yeah, just keep going through the ups and downs. I could go on and on and on. But honestly, I’m so grateful to have had this moment and to be Serena. — Williams, during his press conference.


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