In the end, you couldn’t beat her. For years, Serena Williams has been eager to break Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam tournaments. In the end, the Americans failed by one notch. The 80-year-old veteran was now digging into Williams from a distance.
Apparently, the last game of the 40-year-old Williams’ career was during the US Open, the most-watched tennis broadcast in ESPN’s 43-year history. Her third-round duel with Australian Agla Tomljanovic was watched by an average of 4.8 million viewers. The maximum reach was 6.9 million.
The madness that accompanied every New York Warriors game was immense. American fans vigorously witnessed the end of her career, which she herself previously indicated.
The one who kept her cool was Margaret Court, the absolute record holder for winning Grand SAMA titles.
“I liked Serena as a tennis player, maybe she wasn’t a fan of me, but I liked her. But what does it take to say that she plays at a time when she was playing tennis so much easier than she was in our time,” in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
Between 1960 and 1977, Kurt dominated singles 11 times at the Australian Open, five times at the French Open and US Open, and three times at Wimbledon. To this she added 19 victories in doubles and mixed doubles in all four Grand Slams. In addition, she contributed four times to Australia’s FA Cup victories.
“The background that the players have now can’t be compared. At that time we were really alone in the ring. We couldn’t take anyone from the family with us, there were no psychologists to talk to. A lot of people don’t realize this and the media prefer my name at all which You didn’t mention it,” teases the court.
She can at least take pleasure in the fact that the American competitor could not catch up with her record.
“And Serena played seven years longer than I did. I had a two-year break before that, when I came back after having two kids. After the first, I won three out of four Grand Slams. As a mother, Serena has never won a single Grand Slam, However, the current generation does not know much,” the Australian believes.
Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam winner, played three singles and one alongside her sister Venus in doubles on concrete courts in New York this year. Through an article in Vogue, she had already indicated before the US Open that it might be the last tournament of her career, but she didn’t make a clear statement even after her elimination.
“What bothers me about her is that she doesn’t respect her opponents,” Kortova said. “After the last loss, she didn’t even mention her opponent when she gave a speech.”
Australian Agla Tomljanovic also was not easy during the match, she played in a deafening atmosphere in front of the host audience and after the victory admitted herself that she regrets that it was she who ended the career of Serena.
This is exactly why, according to the court, Williams should have acted generously and bowed to the winning player as well.
But the 80-year-old Australian legend is known for her controversial statements. After she finished her playing career, Pentecostals studied theology and became a clergyman. Thus she became famous for her negative attitude towards homosexuals, which earned her an opposing reaction from a number of former tennis players, led by Navratilova.