US Open | Williams’ farewell was the most-watched tennis telecast in ESPN history

Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Williams played three singles matches and one alongside sister Venus in doubles on the concrete courts in New York. While Tomljanovic ended her journey in the singles, in the doubles the Williams sisters finished in the 1st round after defeating the Czechs Lucia Hradecká and Linda Nosková.

The matches of the former long-time world No. 1 helped ESPN increase its average viewership during the first five days of the tournament to 1.1 million viewers. Compared to last year, it was an increase of 101 percent. “These are the most-watched first five days of the US Open on ESPN networks,” the station said in a press release.

The 40-year-old Williams hinted at the end of her career in the September issue of Vogue magazine, but did not fully confirm it during the tournament. “If I ever come back? I don’t think so, but never say never,” she said in an interview after the match with Tomljanovic.

Photo: Geoff Burke, Reuters

Serena Williams in match against Anett KontaveitPhoto: Geoff BurkeReuters

Williams knocked out Danka Koviničova from Montenegro at the start of the tournament before losing to Tomljanovicova in the 3rd round. She then dealt with world number two Anett Kontaveit from Estonia.

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