Serena Williams, possibly the greatest tennis player of all time, has seen her glittering career come to an end after she was beaten in three sets by Australian star Ajla Tomljanovic at the US open.
Williams, who has won 23 major singles titles in her 27-year career, is turning 41 later this month and this is fully expected to be her final match as a full-time professional.
As you can imagine, almost everyone who was in attendance at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City rose to their feet to applaud Williams who bid her final farewell to the sport which she has dominated for decades.
However, her exit from the court was made more poignant thanks to muted celebrations and a show of respect from 29-year-old Tomljanovic, who rather than return to the court to wave to the spectators, as is standard procedure, she instead allowed Williams to do it all by herself, thus giving the legend one last standing ovation.
This show of respect and sportsmanship by Tomljanovic was praised by the Australian commentary team who noted: "How classy from Ajla to not go crazy. She’s giving the stage to Serena Williams for the last time."
\u201cSERENA WILLIAMS- THE LAST HANDSHAKE \u2764\ufe0f\ud83d\ude2d\n\nHer 27-years long TENNIS LEGACY comes to an end with a heartbreaking defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic in Round 3 at @usopen 5-7 7-6(4) 6-1\u201d