Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career likely over after third-round singles’ play loss at US Open
Serena Williams has been the world’s top female tennis player since 2011. The 36-year-old has been consistently ranked among the top 10 for the past five years.
This year Williams was ranked No 1 in the world.
Serena Williams has had the most dominant tennis career since the 1990s. (Serena Williams)
World No 1 Serena Williams has made history as the oldest person to ever win a Grand Slam singles title, as she holds a six-hour, 44-minute lead over first-time finalist Angelique Kerber, who will play the 10th grand slam to be contested at the United States Open on Sunday in Flushing Meadows.
However, Williams’ remarkable streak came to an abrupt end in the third round of the US Open on Friday.
Williams lost her semifinal match against world No 30 Dominika Cibulkova of Germany with a six-point 6-4 6-7 (3/4) 5-7 6-3 in a match that lasted a little over seven hours.
Serena Williams has a six-hour, 44-minute lead over second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in Flushing Meadows. (Reuters)
The American, who will go down as the first female sporting superstar to win six consecutive majors in 2017, was playing in her 20th Grand Slam singles final.
This will be the 10th time in the tournament’s history that any Grand Slam tournament has been held in the United States.
In the previous edition, the US Open was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
Williams had a two-hour, 35-minute lead over third seed and world No 28 Azarenka of Belarus, who was playing in the third round.
Serena Williams is currently ranked world No 1. (Reuters)
Williams had been 6-0 in grand slam semi-finals, but she has lost to Azarenka in the last four meetings in three and two sets, respectively.
Azarenka will now have to go through another difficult final – a tough