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

Leave it to Serena Williams, she doesn't want to go quietly, doesn't want this match

This trip to the US Open, this illustrious career of his, really, really ended.

Except for a change of heart, the final minutes of her quarter-century excellence on the tennis court, and what was not possible

Williams tried to make one last classic comeback, earning one last vintage win, with fans at a full Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost five match points to extend the proceedings to more than three hours, but could not do more, and the U.S.

Open in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 on Friday night in what is expected to be her final contest.

"I've lost before... I really don't 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."

She turns 41 this month and recently told the world she's ready to "grow" away from her playing days