Serena Williams’ incredible run in this year’s U.S. Open ended Friday night as she fell to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic (7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1) in front of an emotional crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The loss also marked the likely end of Williams’ historic 25-year career, as she has all but decided to hang up the racket for good after the U.S. Open.
However, after watching Williams battle to the bitter end through a competitive three-hour match, one can only wonder if she’ll reconsider her retirement.
After fighting through tears to thank her family and friends in attendance, and especially sister Venus, Serena left the door open for a return to the court, if ever so slightly.
While Williams didn’t say yes to rethinking her decision to walk away from Tennis, she didn’t say no either.
“I don’t think so,” Williams said. “But, you never know.”