tennis profession finished with one final explosion of fire on a cool summer night in the US

Australian Ajala Tomljanovic  retaliated a few times to win  a sensational tiebreak in the  subsequent set.

Yet, Tomljanovic won 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 in their third-round match on Friday night.

With tears in his eyes and the thunder of a passionate group in his ears,

Addressing ESPN observer Mary Jo Fernandez on the court minutes after the match,

Williams said "who knows" assuming he could reexamine his arrangements to quit playing.

Asked later assuming that implied he left himself some space for error to get back to,

he kidded, "I've generally cherished Australia," where he won his 23 Grand Slam singles titles.