Serena Williams loses her last tennis match, putting a likely end to her glittering career

Serena Williams’ glittering tennis career has come to an emotional end after being beaten in the third round of the US Open in New York.

Williams, who has won the event six times, was defeated in three sets by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night.

The superstar broke down in tears as she thanked her mother, Oracene Price, and her late father, Richard Williams, for helping her through her legendary 25-year career.

“Oh my god thank you so much I tried but she played a little bit better. Thanks daddy I know you’re watching thanks mom,” an emotional Williams said after the game.

“It all started with my parents, they deserve everything and I’m really grateful to them. Those are tears of joy I guess, I don’t know. I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you Venus.”

And she added, “It was a fun ride.”

Williams refused to fully commit to her retirement plans when asked if she would play again.

“I don’t think so, but you never know, I don’t know,” she said.

Asked after the game how she was feeling, Tomljanović apologized to the crowd.

“I’m really sorry as I love Serena as much as you do. It’s a surreal moment for me,” she said.

Williams’ last singles loss came after victories over Anett Kontaveit of Estonia and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in the first two rounds of their farewell tour.

The 40-year-old tennis legend has won 23 major titles in her illustrious career, one just short of Margaret Court’s record, and has said she will be “evolving away from tennis” after a 27-year professional career.

She has not won a US Open championship since 2014, her third straight. But her 367 major-match wins are the most by any player in the open era.

The match was played in front of sister Venus and Williams’ family, as well as musician Seal, NFL player Russell Wilson and his wife, singer Ciara.

Her husband, Alexis Ohanian, wore a t-shirt with a photo of their daughter Olympia on the front in the stands.

The youngster was at her mother’s first and second round matches at the US Open but was absent on Friday night.

The 40-year-old from Compton, California, broke Tomljanović in the first set to take a 5-3 lead before her opponent broke right back.

The 29-year-old Tomljanović then broke Serena a second time and served out to win the opening set in 50 minutes, 7-5 in four straight games.

Williams then broke to open the second set, livening up the crowd and taking a 4-0 lead before her opponent staged a wild comeback.

Roared at by a packed house, Williams had multiple set points in an energy-sapping 15-minute eighth game of the set but couldn’t find a big throw to put it away.

She then had an opportunity to serve for the second set but Tomljanović fought back with a break of his own before leveling at 5-5.

The set eventually went into a tiebreak that Williams bravely kept, forcing a crucial third set.

Williams secured an early break in the final set but was then broken three times in a row by Tomljanović, who took a commanding lead and silenced the stunned crowd.

Fans gave Williams a standing ovation as her opponent served for the match and she bravely saved five match points before Tomljanović finally clinched the win.

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