Serena Williams loses to Ajla Tomljanovic in U.S. Open farewell

Serena Jameka Williams  American professional tennis player

I've been down before. ... I don't really give up," Williams said.

In my career, I've never given up. In matches, I don't give up. Definitely wasn't giving up tonight."

"It's been the most incredible ride and journey I've ever been on in my life,

Williams said, tears streaming down her cheeks shortly after one final shot landed in the net.

The first came in 1999 in New York, when Williams was a teen.

That's that's just who she is: She's the greatest of all time. Period."

She would win her first major trophy 12 months later at the U.S. Open. And now she said goodbye in that same stadium.

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