After The US Open, Serena Williams Will Stop Playing
August 10, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
The legendary American Serena Williams said on Tuesday that she was “developing away from tennis” and intended to leave the game she dominated with 23 Grand Slam victories after the US Open, which starts later this month.
Williams defeated Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz on Monday to go to the second round of the Toronto Open in just her second singles match since she resumed playing at Wimbledon in June after a year off.
However, the 40-year-old claimed following the match that she could now see the tennis career’s end in sight.
Williams remarked in a Vogue story, “I have never liked the word retiring.
“Evolution may be the best term to use to describe what I’m doing. I’m here to let you know that I’m moving away from tennis and toward other priorities.
“I discreetly founded Serena Ventures, a venture capital business, a few years ago. I soon afterward began a family. I want that family to expand.
In search of the elusive 24th trophy that would tie her with Australian Margaret Court, who currently owns the record, Williams won her last Grand Slam in 2017.
The American, who has participated in four major finals since the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017, came agonisingly close to accomplishing that accomplishment.
The former world number one Williams, who sought the counsel of her friend Tiger Woods before picking up a racket again this spring, said: “There are people who say I’m not the GOAT (greatest of all time) because I didn’t pass Court’s record, which she achieved before the “Open era” that began in 1968.
“If I claimed I didn’t want that record, I’d be lying. Of course I do. However, I don’t really think about her on a daily basis.”
It was time to go in a “new route,” Williams subsequently stated in an Instagram post.
“The timer has started. I have to prioritise being a mother, achieving my spiritual objectives, and finding a new, interesting Serena.”
She must also keep up with a huge company portfolio.
She has supported start-up businesses for almost ten years, and Serena Ventures has funded 16 unicorns (companies with a market value more than $1 billion), including Masterclass.
Williams revealed that she and her husband, businessman and investor Alexis Ohanian, had been trying to conceive for the past year; their four-year-old daughter Olympia is thrilled about the choice.
Before going to sleep, she may occasionally pray to Jehovah for a baby sibling, Williams noted.
The American athlete, who won the Australian Open in 2017 when two months pregnant, has no interest in competing while pregnant again. “I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out,” she said.
She remarked, “I never wanted to have to decide between tennis and a family.” But something has to give because I will turn 41 in September.
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