Present on the track were his mother Oracene Williams and his sister Venus. They were ready to attend a party or a funeral.
Serena has returned to Wimbledon a year laterbut only she knows if she has done it with the intention of saying goodbye to the great Briton forever.
At 40 years old, with patches on his face, he has little rope left. She did not even have enough to defeat this Tuesday, at the closing of the center court, the French Harmony Tan, his executioner by 7-5, 1-6 and 7-6 (7).
Before, when the American had a ‘break’ advantage, it was synonymous with a set for her because her serve was untouchable, almost at the speed of any man.
Now it doesn’t imply anything. The unknown Tan, lost in 115th place in the WTA ranking at 24 years old, won the opening set and even had the first match point ball in the twelfth game of the third set.
Serena, as she had done when she was young, saved that situation by going up to the net and hitting a volley midcourt. The fans that filled the stands of the All England Club headquarters did not hide their favoritism for the Williams. They knew that, in case of defeat, it could be his last game as a racket professional and they did not want that.
The super ‘tie break’ began with a 4-0 for the North American, who lost that income in a seen and not seen. He would end up giving in to his fate. Venus stopped looking at the outcome and covered her face. The dream of equaling Margaret Court’s 24 ‘Grand Slam’ titles remains in that, a dream.