“Thank you so much, you guys were amazing. I tried. Alja played a little bit better.
“Thank you daddy, I know you are watching. Thanks mum.
“Everyone that is here, everyone that has been on my side, literally decades, it all started with my parents.
“They deserved everything. I am really grateful for them. These are happy tears.
“I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus. Thank you. She is the only reason why Serena Williams ever existed.
“To my husband, my daughter Olympia, everyone in that box, it has been a fun ride.
“It has been the most incredible ride and journey I have been on my life. I am grateful to every person that has said ‘Go Serena’.
“You never know, but I don’t think that I will be back.”