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Serena Williams exits US Open as one of the greatest ever, but her legacy goes far beyond her titles won

NEW YORK -- Twenty-three years ago, Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title here. On Friday, she said her goodbyes in the same place, in front of a sold-out crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"Thank you daddy, I know you're watching. Thanks mom," Williams said before starting to cry during her post-match on-court interview. "Everyone that's here, that's been on my side, for so many years, decades ...

"These are happy tears, I guess. I don't know. And I wouldn't be Serena if there wasn't Venus, so thank you Venus. She's the only reason Serena Williams ever existed .