It's the end for Serena Williams

This is the end for Serena Williams

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One of the greatest athletes of all time has passed away. Despite a resilient performance and the overwhelming support of the New York crowd, Serena Williams went down in the third round of the US Open, the final tournament of her illustrious career.

< p>Williams and Alja Tomljanovic put on a show for more than three hours at the Arthur-Ashe stadium, and it was finally the Australian who won in three sets of 7-5, 6-7 (4) and 6- 1, Friday.

Tearfully, the American thanked the crowd that saw her win six titles between 1999 and 2014.

Williams had served for the first set, leading 5-3, but saw Tomljanovic resist and come back to take the lead.

History repeated itself in the second set, as the 40-year-old squandered a 5-man lead -2. Williams showed her teeth, however, at the most crucial moment, at the end of the tiebreaker, to force a final round.

She ran out of fuel on the last run, however, even though she stole her rival's serve in the first game. Tomljanovic won the next five games, but had to wait on her sixth match point before closing the books.

Earlier this week, Williams had dismissed the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic from the competition and had surprised the second racket in the world, Anett Kontaveit.