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(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2022 US player Serena Williams reacts as she plays with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova during their round of 8 women's doubles tennis match , on day three, of the Eastbourne International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England. - Serena Williams announced on August 9, 2022 the countdown to her retirement had begun from tennis after a career which brought her 23 Grand Slam singles titles. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Serena Williams Announces Retirement from Tennis

Legendary Tennis player, Serena Williams has announced her retirement from the world of Tennis

Serena Williams Announces Retirement from Tennis
Serena Williams

The multiple Grand Slam winner made the revelation in her interview with Vogue on their latest issue

 “It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.” She said

Meanwhile Williams’ retirement won’t happen right away.

She stated in her article for Vogue that she is still optimistic that she would be able to compete in the US Open in New York later this month.

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She wrote:

“Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York. But I’m going to try. And the lead-up tournaments will be fun.

“But I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”

Serena Williams further added that she was retiring so she could spend more time with her husband Alexis and their five-year-old daughter Olympia.

She wrote:

“In the last year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family

“I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

Would US Open be the last game that Serena will play? Hopefully there will be a change of heart,

 

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