Serena Williams’ run at what is expected to be her last professional tennis tournament ended on Friday evening at the US Open 2022. The 23-time Grand Slam winner lost in three sets to Australian Ajla Tomljanović in what is probably one of the bravest matches of her long career.
When asked after the match if this was indeed the end, Williams joked that she “always loved Australia” and eluded the 2023 Australian Open in January. But he quickly added, “I don’t know. I don’t think about that. Obviously I’m still capable. It takes a lot more than that. I’m ready to be a mom and explore a different version of Serena. Technically I’m super young in the world so I want to have some life while I’m still walking.”
As the GOAT explores her next moves off the pitch, sports illustrated looks back on her amazing career in photos.
Serena’s first professional event was in October 1995. In 1998 she completed her first rotation at the Grand Slams.
Serena, Venus…Venus, Serena
Serena said after her third-round loss at the US Open on Friday night: “There is no Serena without Venus”. The sisters changed the game and have faced each other 31 times throughout their careers, including in nine Grand Slam finals. Serena and Venus also posted a 14-0 career record in the Grand Slam doubles final, a record that will likely stand the test of time.
Serena had some memorable moments at Roland Garros, from falling in love with fashion capital Paris to being criticized by French Open officials for her black catsuit, which Williams said she wore to help with circulation issues. In her post-match press conference on Friday, Williams said one of her greatest moments came a few years earlier at the 2015 French Open. “This is definitely the one I’m taking with me because I almost died at that event. Somehow I won. So that was pretty awesome.”
Seven of Serena’s 23 Slam singles titles came on grass, along with the six doubles titles she took home with Venus.
your home dish. your biggest stage. At the US Open, Serena had some of her most memorable moments, for better or for worse. But there was no better place for her to receive what is likely to be her last professional farewell than at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Of course, Serena also dominated for Team USA.
As well as her own clothing and jewelry lines, Serena has consistently set the tone with her fashion on and off the pitch. Here are a few off-court portraits from exclusive photo shoots sports illustrated.
Serena: The Sports Illustrated covers
Here is the collection of Serena Williams/Sports Illustrated covers from the last 25 years of her career. Click on each photo to read each cover story from the SI vault.
Final Shot: The Greatest Ever