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Serena Williams thanks her sister Venus Williams after finishing her last match

Tennis champion Serena Williams played what may be the last match of her great career on Friday evening. Williams lost the last game she played at Arthur Ashe Stadium to Australian Ajla Tomljanović. The 23 Grand Slam winner was interviewed after the loss, but her focus was on the gratitude she felt towards her family, particularly her sister Venus Williams and her father Richard Williams, who trained his two daughters to be tennis players.

“Thanks dad. I know you’re watching,” she said, getting emotional. “Thanks mom. Oh my god… Thank you to everyone who is here for being on my side for so many years, decades. Oh my god, literally decades. But it all started with my parents. And they deserve everything. So I am really grateful to them.”

When Williams broke down in tears, she said they were “happy tears.”

She continued, speaking to her sister in the audience, “I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t for Venus, so thank you Venus. She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.”

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The champion thanked her husband Alexis Ohanian and daughter Olympia and of course all her fans who filled the stadium. Williams announced her planned retirement from tennis last month and her departure at the US Open was expected to be heavily attended.

“It was a fun ride,” she added. “It was the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on, I mean, in my life. I’m just so grateful to every single person in their life who has ever said, ‘Go Serena.’ I’m just so grateful… You brought me here.”

People have been asking if Williams is really leaving competitive sport forever, and she’s left the door slightly open.

“For me, tennis has been such a big part of my life, I can’t imagine not being in tennis,” she said. “I don’t know yet what that stake is. But I feel like it gave me so many opportunities. As a result, it has offered so many amazing opportunities to other people. I think it means so much to me in my life and I’ve had so many amazing moments that I can’t see a future without it.”

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