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US Open: Serena Williams Loses to Tomljanovic, Ends Her Unparalleled Career

Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Serena Williams in three sets in front of a 23,000-strong crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. This was the last tournament in Serena Williams’ pro career



Serena Williams and Ajla Tomljanovic - US Open 2022 (photo Twitter @usopen)

And the day finally came. Serena Williams played her final match in professional tennis during a magic and unforgettable night on Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York losing in a 3-hour, 5-minute classic to Australiana Ajla Tomljanovic with the score of 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1.


An emotional Williams took the microphone after netting her last forehand and thanked all her team, but especially her parents: “Thank you dad, thank you mom, my parents deserve everything”. And as she was getting emotional, she also addressed the crowd that had relentlessly supported her throughout her last quest for another win saying: “I want to thank every single person who has ever said once ‘Go Serena’ in their life”.

Even without the incredible emotional overload of the historic occasion, the match was a classic, one of the best that women’s tennis has been able to offer since tennis returned from the 2020 hiatus caused by the pandemic. In what was most likely the best performance of her career, Tomljanovic pulled off an unlikely comeback in the first set when, after dropping her serve at 3-4 cracking under the pressure Williams was putting on her second serve, she was able to win four straight games with an 11-2 streak that gave her the first set.

But probably more importantly in the whole economy of the match, it was her comeback in the second set, when after dropping her intensity and being overwhelmed by Serena mounting to a commanding 4-0 lead, she was able to recover the two-break deficit and equalize at 5-5. Tomljanovic held her serve at 2-5 fending off four set points and equalized the score with another 10-2 streak.

However, the tie-break was another masterpiece by Serena Williams, as it turned out the penultimate one of her career, and with a display of full-court aggression, she jumped to a 4-1 lead and closed the set dominating the tie-break by 7-4. But the set that was supposed to be one-way traffic in her favor ended up being a draining 93-minute affair that sucked almost all the energies out of Serena’s body.

When Williams broke Tomljanovic in the opening game, the nth miracle seemed to be on the cards for the American champion, but her legs were all but gone, and Tomljanovic was as cool as she could be in the face of a correct but hostile crowd. With five straight games, she went to serve for the match and a place in the Round of 16 at the 2022 US Open, but Serena Williams stole the stage one more time, one last time, to put a magnificent seal on her tennis legacy. With her legs and movements gone, she let her arm do the talking and some incredible shots erased one after the other the first five match points for Tomljanovic. The Australian player was able to maintain the effectiveness of her serve and make three break points disappear before the sixth match point ended the match and the career of arguably the best player of all time.

I am feeling sorry, I love Serena as much as you guys – said a very graceful Tomljanovic to a crowd that had supported her opponent for over three hours in any way possible – what she has done for the sport is incredible and I would have never thought I would get to play her in her last match after all the times I have watched her play as a kid. It’s a surreal moment for me”.

In a speaking performance that, if possible, rivals the one she gave with her racquet, Ajla went on describing the match with words that resounded with everyone on the stand: “I thought she would beat me, so pressure wasn’t on me. Even to the last point, I knew that she is in a good position to win even down 5-1.  I lost that 2nd set without doing much wrong, I couldn’t dwell on it or she would run off”.

She embodies that no dream is too big, and no matter where you come from you can do anything if you believe in yourself, love what you do, and have a good support system around you. I travel with my family too and I looked up to her also from this point of view. The tour will not be the same without her, I will miss her”.

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Alycia Parks Stuns Garcia To Win First Tour Title In Lyon



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Rising star Alycia Parks is on the verge of breaking into the world’s top 50 for the first time after stunning world No.4 Caroline Garcia in straight sets to win the Lyon Open. 


22-year-old Parks, who contested just three WTA main draws last year, battled to a 7-6(7), 7-5, win over Garcia who is the first top-five player she has beaten on the Tour. Throughout the final, the American didn’t drop serve after saving all four break points she faced. In total, she produced 28 winners with 15 of those being aces. It is only the second time she has beaten a top 10 player on the Tour after Maria Sakkari at the Ostrava Open last year. 

“I want to thank you for all coming out, this title means a lot to me,” Parks said afterwards. “France has a special part in my heart right now. I want to congratulate Garcia, you had an amazing week, keep playing how you’re playing.”

The victory caps off what has been a breakthrough week for Parks who dropped two sets in five matches played which was in her opening two rounds. Earlier in the tournament, she also defeated seventh seed Danka Kovinic and fourth seed Petra Martic to become only the third unseeded player to win a WTA event so far this year.  

Parks was ranked 199th in the world 12 months ago but has climbed up the rankings and is now set to break into the world’s top 70 for the first time on Monday. Towards the end of last year, she won back-to-back WTA 125 tournaments and has now won 16 out of her last 17 matches played. Her only loss was to Czech teenager Sara Bejlek in the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open.

As for Garcia, Sunday’s clash was the first time she had contested a WTA final in her home city of Lyon. Coming into her clash with Parks, she had won 10 out of her last 11 finals played on the Tour. It is the 40th time in her career she has lost to an American player in a WTA main draw.

Congrats on an amazing week and the (past) couple of months have been unbelievable (for you),” said Garcia. “It’s your first WTA title today and it was well deserved. You played amazing and if you keep playing like this you are for sure going to keep going up (the rankings).”

Parks, who graduated from High School in 2019, is coached on the Tour by her father Michael who has been her main mentor since childhood. 

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Garbine Muguruza Switches Focus From Ranking Points To Enjoyment In Hunt For Form

Ranked outside the WTA top 80 for the first time since 2013, Muguruza is hoping to stage a comeback with the help of a new perspective.



Garbine Muguruza (ESP) waves to the crowd after defeating Fiona Ferro (FRA) on No.2 Court in the first round of the Ladies' Singles at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 1 Monday 28/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

To say that last year was tough for Gabine Muguruza is a bit of an understatement. 


The Spaniard started 2022 among the best players in the world and was ranked No.3 as a result of her triumph at the WTA Finals just a couple of months earlier. However, the year didn’t go as planned for two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza who won just 12 matches. In total, she played in 17 tournaments but only managed to score back-to-back victories in two of them. In October she plummeted down the rankings from 13th to 57th. 

Muguruza’s problems have continued into this season. She is yet to win a match and is now down to 82nd in the world which is her lowest position in almost a decade. January 2013 was the last time the 29-year-old was ranked outside the top 100. 

“I’ve had so many moments in my career where I’ve been so high, and other moments when I’ve not been so high. It’s a process of trying to get back up there,” the former world No.1 told The National. “Now I’m focusing on training hard and being humble.
“You have to know that maybe you haven’t had the success recently as you had in other years, but that’s fine because things can change very quickly.
“With tennis, one week it can go wrong, then next week it can go well, then everything changes again. I think experience helps me to stay calm in the not-so-good moments when I haven’t been playing as well or results haven’t followed.”

It is a frustrating situation for somebody of Muguruza’s ability to be in. At the 2021 WTA Finals, she scored four wins over top-10 players but since then hasn’t beaten anybody ranked higher than No.31 in the world. 

Eager to get back to the top of the sport, she has decided to change her outlook on how she approaches the Tour. Muguruza, who is coached by Conchita Martinez, now says her main priority is enjoying her tennis. If this is achieved, she is confident the results will follow in due course. 

“I feel that this year it’s more about keeping it calm and more simple,” she said. “Last year I put myself under a lot of pressure, telling myself to keep going to stay at the top all the time. That definitely didn’t help me, and it was a bit of a struggle.
“This year, yes ranking is important – I’ve been at every possible ranking – but that is not my priority anymore. Now it’s about enjoying my time on court and taking the trophies back home, then we’ll see what the ranking is.”

Muguruza’s next test will be at the Abu Dhabi Open, which will get underway on Monday. She has been drawn to play Karolina Pliskova in the first round who recently reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Then if she wins, she faces Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. 

“I played some good tennis [in Australia]. A bit disappointed about the quarter-final but overall my level is there. Of course, there are some things to improve to become more solid but overall the situation is quite good,” Pliskova said ahead of the first round clash. 

12 months ago Muguruza reached the third round in Abu Dhabi before losing to Maria Sakkari. 

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Injured Bianca Andreescu retires From Semi-Final match In Hua Hin

The Canadian was looking to book a spot in her first WTA final of the year but was forced to retire after injuring her right shoulder.




Lesia Tsurenko booked her spot in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire whilst down 7-6, 4-0.


The first set was extremely tight with the first four games being breaks of serve. Andreescu got the crucial break to lead 5-3 and served for the first set but the Ukrainian fought back to level the set at 5-5. Then Tsurenko was the one to break serve but she was able to close out the first set.

After the opener, the semi-final clash went completely one-sided with Tsurenko taking over by winning four games off the trot before Andreescu decided to call it quits. The Canadian had a medical timeout during a second set changeover.

Tsurenko gave full credit to her opponent and despite the retirement says it was a very difficult match.

“Bianca is such an amazing player she said. She is capable of hitting all kinds of shots and gave so much trouble today”. She said.

Tsurenko is looking to win her fifth WTA title and will be playing in her first final since 2019 in Hua Hin. She faces the China’s Lin Zhu who earlier in the day beat the number seven seed Xinyu Wang 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes to book her spot in the final.

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