Serena Williams has reportedly decided to retire from tennis.
Williams, who graced the Tennis world with her glittering career spanning more than a quarter of a century, has hinted at her retirement.
Serena Jameka Williams is a prominent American tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her as the world’s top singles player for 319 weeks, including a joint record of 186 consecutive weeks. She has also finished the year as the number one player five times. In addition, she is the player with the most Grand Slam singles victories (23), dating back to the Open Era.
And now it seems that an era is coming to an end.
Serena Williams hints at retirement.
The former world no one and 23 Grand Slam winner, Serena William, shared about her retirement from tennis.
Serena Williams stated in a first-person piece in the renowned September issue of Vogue, released online on Tuesday that she planned to retire after competing in the U.S. Open for the 21st time, which begins later this month. Williams announced the same distinctive way she had for more than 20 years, claiming in the as-it-was cover story that she “never liked the word retirement” and preferred “evolution” to describe her next activities.
“I’m evolving away from tennis into other important things,” she said.
Williams did not give a specific date for when she could cease competing. Still, she intimated on Instagram that the U.S. Open might be her final tournament, leaving the option to either continue or return, as athletes who retire frequently do.
I haven’t wanted to admit that I need to stop playing tennis. It’s like it’s a taboo subject. I start crying when it comes up. I believe my therapist is the only person I’ve gone there with since I’ve never liked the word “retirement.” I don’t feel like it’s a contemporary word. Although I’ve been using the word “transition” to describe this, which has a very specific and significant meaning to a community of people, I want to be careful how I use it. Perhaps evolution is the greatest way to sum up, what I’m doing.
I’m going to enjoy these upcoming few weeks, she remarked, adding that “the countdown has started.“
An era’s end
Williams’ tennis career has been in limbo since she was forced to quit her Wimbledon first-round match early last year due to a torn hamstring.
She was out for about a year due to the injuries.
Billie Jean King, the champ and pioneer of sports, claimed that Serena would retire as the best player in history when she quit tennis. Instead, she “will forever be regarded as a champion who won on the court and boosted the global reputation of the sport off it” after a career that “inspire[d] a new generation of players and spectators.”
Serena Williams has won 73 individual titles, 23 doubles titles, and two mixed doubles titles and has competed on four Olympic teams, winning four gold medals. However, her influence on how the world views female athletes and her encouragement of the younger Black girls who now dominate American women’s tennis may be her greatest legacies.
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