Scorch was on the edge of her seat. America’s top tennis player Serena Williams was up against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open, last Friday. Scorch was watching Williams like a hawk. The American tennis player lost to Tomljanovic. Despite the loss, Willimas received thunderous applause from Scorch and the entire stadium.

“I cannot believe it was Williams’ last match,” Scorch said, “Recently, Williams announced her retirement.”

The four Mysticals watched as Williams waved a teary goodbye. She thanked her fans and family for supporting her over the years.

As the Mysticals left the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Verum said, “Scorch, can you tell us more about her journey in the world of tennis?”

“Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time,” Scorch gushed.

“Williams played her first professional tennis tournament in 1995. She was only 14 years old! In her 27-year-professional career, she won a total of 39 Grand Slams. She has 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the second most in tennis history! She has also won four Olympic gold medals,” Scorch said.

“What’s a Grand Slam?” Felix said.

“A Grand Slam is winning four major tennis tournaments in a year. Did you know that she won a Grand Slam title in Melbourne, Australia, while being pregnant?” Scorch said.

“Williams is so dedicated and passionate about tennis and her career,” Orak observed.

“Let me tell you about her style of play,” Scorch said, “She has a strong forehand shot. Her serves are very quick. She is known for her powerful and aggressive style of play.

Williams changed the sport of tennis for the better. Firstly, as a woman and that too a Black woman in the game usually dominated by men, Williams inspired many young people to play tennis .”

“Williams’ exceptional journey will continue to inspire more and more people for years to come. She will remain one of the greatest sportspersons of all time!” Felix said. Scorch, Verum, and Orak agreed.