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Serena Williams proclaims retirement plans: Tennis celebrity ‘prepared for what’s subsequent’


One of the vital outstanding American athletes is able to retire. Tennis legend Serena Williams introduced her retirement plans Tuesday in a first-person essay within the newest situation of Vogue. Williams does plan to play within the 2022 US Open, which begins later this month.

“It is the toughest factor that I might ever think about,” the tennis star advised Vogue. “I do not need it to be over, however on the identical time I am prepared for what’s subsequent.”

In an Instagram submit selling the Vogue piece on Tuesday morning, Williams wrote “I am gonna relish these subsequent few weeks,” insinuating that the US Open — which begins on Aug. 29 — can be her final match.

“Sadly I wasn’t able to win Wimbledon this yr,” Williams advised Vogue. “And I do not know if I can be able to win New York [the US Open]. However I’ll strive. And the lead-up tournaments can be enjoyable.”

The tennis legend stated a significant a part of the choice to wind down her profession now’s that she desires to have one other youngster.

“If I’ve to decide on between constructing my tennis résumé and constructing my household, I select the latter,” she stated.

Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, have a five-year-old daughter, Olympia, collectively and plan on rising their household quickly.

“Within the final yr, Alexis and I’ve been attempting to have one other youngster, and we not too long ago obtained some data from my physician that put my thoughts comfortable and made me really feel that every time we’re prepared, we will add to our household,” Williams stated. “I undoubtedly do not wish to be pregnant once more as an athlete. I must be two ft into tennis or two ft out.”

Williams, 40, modified the game of tennis when she broke onto the skilled scene in 1995 as a 14-year-old. Since then, she has received the Australian Open seven instances, Wimbledon seven instances, the US Open six instances and the French Open thrice. Altogether, she has 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her identify, essentially the most by any participant within the Open Period.

The one individual with extra Grand Slam titles is Margaret Court docket (24), a mark Williams has been trying to tie ever since she received the 2017 Australian Open. Williams shared her ideas on not having the ability to break Court docket’s document:

By way of Vogue:

“There are individuals who say I am not the GOAT as a result of I did not go Margaret Court docket’s document of 24 grand slam titles, which she achieved earlier than the ‘open period’ that started in 1968. I might be mendacity if I stated I did not need that document. Clearly I do. However day after day, I am actually not fascinated by her. If I am in a grand slam closing, then sure, I’m fascinated by that document. Perhaps I thought of it an excessive amount of, and that did not assist. The way in which I see it, I ought to have had 30-plus grand slams. I had my probabilities after getting back from giving delivery. I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a grand slam closing. I performed whereas breastfeeding. I performed via postpartum despair. However I did not get there. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. I did not present up the way in which I ought to have or might have. However I confirmed up 23 instances, and that is superb. Truly it is extraordinary.”

General in her profession, Williams received 73 singles titles, 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles along with her sister Venus Williams and 4 Olympic Gold Medals.

“I am not on the lookout for some ceremonial, closing on-court second,” Williams stated. “I am horrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. However please know that I’m extra grateful for you than I can ever categorical in phrases. You’ve carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’ll miss that model of me, that lady who performed tennis. And I’ll miss you.”

Throughout her profession, Williams was on the high of the Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation rankings for a joint-record 186 consecutive weeks, and completed because the year-end No. 1 5 instances.

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