Ratings Revealed For Serena Williams' Final Tennis Match

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Many fans around the world prepared for Serena Williams' final singles match.

An ESPN press release revealed that Friday night's US Open matchup between Williams was

And Ajla Tomljanovich averaged 4.6 million viewers.

It broke the record for the network's most-watched tennis event,

Besting 3.9 million average viewers as Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in the 2012 men's Wimbledon final.

Rating reached 6.9 million viewers at 10:15 pm. Quarter-hours when fans realized they were watching Williams' farewell match.

His appearance has led to ESPN's most-watched US Open since five days

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In addition, his first-round win over Danka Kovinic was ESPN's most-watched US Open since the day it aired.

Her second round on Annette Kontaveit upset an average of 3.6 million viewers.

It should come as no surprise that the 23-time Grand Slam champion garnered extra attention in the final tournament of her decorated career.

The 40-year-old inspired hope of a magical race with two throwback victories in Queens.

While Williams fell short on Friday night,

She struggled to win the second set through the tiebreaker and refused to rely on a back-and-forth advantage for the final point of the match.

It wasn't a moment sports fans wanted to miss.