Defeat has at all times been onerous to swallow for the fiercely aggressive Williams and unquestionably the 7-5 6-7 (4) 6-1 loss to the forty sixth ranked Australian stung her to her core.
But after a joyous run into the 0.33 around there was once no disgrace in a loss to the gritty Tomljanovic, permitting the 23-times Grand Slam winner to go out with dignity intact and head held prime.
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Her 3 fits, highlighted by means of a second-round win over global quantity two Anett Kontaveit, had been a present to her lovers, the relentless by no means give up perspective that made her tennis‘ dominant participant for over twenty years on show proper till the very ultimate level.
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Always up for a combat, the 40-year-old got here out swinging, forcing Tomljanovic to move the space. The Australian wanted six fit issues to ship the knockout punch and produce an finish to an engrossing three-plus-hour slugfest.
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Williams had signaled her purpose to retire final month, announcing she was once “evolving away from tennis” however by no means confirming the USA Open as her ultimate match.