Serena Williams retires – One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams announced on Tuesday that her countdown towards…
Serena Williams retires – One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams announced on Tuesday that her countdown towards retirement has begun. The 23-time Grand Slam champion in an explosive interview with Vogue said on Tuesday that she is “evolving away from tennis”. Well into her 40s, Williams is currently competing at the Toronto Open and has hinted that the US Open Championships could be the last we see her on the court. Follow Toronto Open updates on InsideSport.IN
List of Serena Williams’ achievements
- 7 x Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
- 3 x French Open titles (2002, 2013, 2015)
- 7 x Wimbledon Championships (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
- 6 x US Open Championships (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Highest-earning woman athlete of all time
- 14 x Grand Slam doubles titles with sister Venus Williams
Serena Williams retires: Tennis great Serena Williams hints at retirement after US Open, says “It is time to move in a different direction”
The 40-year-old won her last Grand Slam crown in 2017 and has been chasing an elusive 24th crown that will draw her level with Margaret Court who holds the record for most majors.
“I have never liked the word retirement,” Williams wrote in a Vogue article. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.
She said, “Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.”
Williams later talked in an Instagram post about the time to move in a “different direction”. The 40-year-old is keen on expanding her family and believes
“That time is always hard when you love something so much. But now, the countdown has begun. I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena. I’m gonna relish these next few weeks. My goodness do I enjoy tennis,” she added.