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The quotes of 2022, episode 16: The departing Serena thanks Venus

To end 2022, Tennis Majors offers you a review, in chronological order and in series format, on the outstanding, inspiring or funny quotes of the year. Sixteenth episode, Serena Williams’ farewell

Serena Williams Sep 2, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States gestures to the crowd after a match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia on day five of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

At the end of October 1997, in Moscow, Serena Williams played her first match on the main circuit. Almost 25 years later, at the 2022 US Open, it was her last. After an epic final match – losing 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 on September 3 to Ajla Tomljanovic – she (most likely) said goodbye to tennis.

“Thank you, Daddy. I know you’re watching. Thanks, Mom,” she said tearfully during her on-court interview.

“I just thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side for so many years, decades, literally decades. It all started with my parents, and they deserve everything, so I’m really grateful for them.

“These are happy tears, I guess, I don’t know!

“I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus. Thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.”

Her older sister, too, couldn’t hold back the tears.

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