Sports Stars, Celebrities Pay Tribute to Serena Williams After Her U.S. Open Exit

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Serena Williams lost against Ajla Tomljanović in three sets Friday night in front of an electric sold-out crowd at the U.S. Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion said last month she was set to “evolve away from tennis” after the tournament. With her exit from the event, the tributes came pouring out via social media.

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Earvin Magic Johnson

ongratulations, Serena for an inspiring career! Cookie & I are so excited for you. I remember when we talked about you becoming an entrepreneur. Now, I look forward to watching you grow in business! @serenawilliams #Serena

Billie Jean King

Her incredible career made its mark on tennis history.

And yet her greatest contributions may be yet to come.

Thank you, @serenawilliams.

Your journey continues.

#serena #USOpen

Alexis Ohanian

All heart. So much love.

COCO GAUF

Serena, THANK YOU. It is because of you I believe in this dream. The impact you’ve had on me goes beyond any words that can be put together and for that I say thank you, thank you, thank you, GOAT!

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OPRAH WINFREY

25 years. Champion. Shero. Legend forever! @serenawilliams #USOpen

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Tiger Wood

@serenawilliams you’re literally the greatest on and off the court. Thank you for inspiring all of us to pursue our dreams. I love you little sis!!!!!!

Michelle Obama

Congrats on an amazing career, @SerenaWilliams!

How lucky were we to be able to watch a young girl from Compton grow up to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.

I’m proud of you, my friend—and I can’t wait to see the lives you continue to transform with your talents.

Derek Jeter

It’s been a joy watching greatness! Congrats Serena!

John Legend

Salute the GOAT @serenawilliams. What a riveting final bow. Such a gift to watch her incredible career.

Lindsey Vonn

The greatest of all time. Period! It’s been a privilege to watch history. Congrats on an incredible career @serenawilliams 💪🏻❤️
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“She didn’t change who she was, and that changed everything, for all of us.”

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