The 40-year-old legend Serena Williams announced on Instagram that the “countdown has begun” to her retirement following a Vogue magazine story about how bad she is at saying goodbye.
Serena Williams is the 23-time Grand Slam champion and announced her retirement from tennis on Tuesday, August 9, saying she is “evolving away” from the sport.
The tennis star also announced the news on the cover of Vogue magazine’s September issue, saying that the best word to describe what she is up to is “evolution,” and that she wants to expand her family.
“I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” Williams said.
“I’ve always disliked the term “retirement.” “To me, it doesn’t feel like a modern word,” she added.
“I’m still that girl with a racquet and a dream, and I’m just playing for that,” Williams said after winning the US Open in 2013.
Serena ended up living the dream, winning seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, seven Wimbledon titles, and six US Opens, falling one title short of Margaret Court’s all-time record for Slam singles titles.
Serena Williams carrier and personal life
She won her first Grand Slam title at the age of 17 at the 1999 US Open, and she won her 23rd and most recent major title at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
She gave birth to Olympia in September 2017 and was bedridden for six weeks due to a pulmonary embolism, but she battled back to compete in Fed Cup doubles with Venus five months later.
Williams, whose husband is Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, has twice won all four major titles in a row to complete a “Serena Slam.” She did it in 2002-2003, beginning with the French Open in 2002, and again in 2014-15, beginning with the US Open in 2014.
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