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Her transcendent career, this trip to the U.S. Open, this match of hers, will not end quietly.

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Unless she changes her mind, and refuses to be driven by limitations, she will continue to play tennis.

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Five match points were needed to defeat 23-time Grand Slam champion Tomljanovic. 

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She never gave up during her career. Tonight was no exception.

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This month, she turns 41, and recently announced that she is ready to "evolve" away from playing. 

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Williams said tears ran down his face after the final shot.

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Williams replied that she would reconsider walking away during an on-court interview.

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 She screamed and leaned forward after Williams took a 5-2 lead in the second set.

Twelve months later, she would win her first major at the U.S. Open.