Legendary tennis player Serena Williams has announced that she will be retiring in the coming weeks.
The athlete, who turns 41 at the end of September, explained that she was ready to move on to the next stage of her life in a long article published in Vogue magazine.
« The countdown has begun, » Williams wrote. I have to focus on motherhood, my spiritual goals, and finally discover a different but exciting Serena. I will savor these next few weeks.”
The American dominated her sport for many years, collecting 39 Grand Slam titles, including 23 in singles. She has also won an impressive 73 solo WTA tournament wins.
It looks like Williams is aiming for one last major win at the upcoming US Open before stepping down next. She also discussed the possibility of equaling Australian Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam tournament wins.
“I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win New York, but I’ll try. And the preparatory tournaments will be fun. I know there is a fantasy of some supporters in which I could have matched Margaret in London [Wimbledon], then maybe break his record in New York. Then, during the trophy presentation ceremony, say « See you! » I understand. It’s a good fantasy. But I’m not looking for a ceremonial and final moment on the pitch. »
“I suck at goodbyes, the worst in the world. But please know that I am more grateful to you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many victories and so many trophies. I will miss this version of me, this girl who played tennis. I will miss you,” Williams concluded, addressing his supporters.
Currently, Williams is playing the National Bank Open in Toronto. She won her first-round clash 6-3, 6-4 over Spaniard Nuria Párrizas Díaz. She will return to the field on Wednesday.