Serena Williams Tearfully Thanked Sister Venus After Final Match of Her Tennis Career

Serena Williams may have just played the final match of her tennis career and you might want to grab some tissues. 

Following her loss against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović in the US Open, the 23-time Grand Slam champion shed “happy tears” while talking about her family in her post-match interview on September 2. “Thank you, Daddy. I know you’re watching,” she said of her father, Richard Williams, according to People. “Thanks, Mom. Oh, my God.” 

“I thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side so many years, decades. Oh, my gosh, literally decades,” she continued through tears. “But it all started with my parents. And they deserve everything. So I’m really grateful for them.”

But it was her statements about her older sister, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, that will really make you emotional. “I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you, Venus,” Serena said. “She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed.”

After thanking her husband Alexis Ohanian, Serena had some final words for her fans after 27 years as a professional tennis player. “It’s been a fun ride. It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on, I mean, in my life,” Serena said. “I’m just so grateful to every single person that’s ever said, Go, Serena, in their life. I’m just so grateful. You got me here.”

Serena and Venus Williams on the first day of the 1997 US Open.

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Serena Williams recently revealed her intentions to retire from tennis in Vogue’s September issue, though she preferred to call it an “evolution.” 

“If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family,” she said. “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family.” Serena and Alexis share a five-year-old daughter, Olympia, who is hoping to be a big sister.

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