‘Stay away from tennis’: Serena Williams hints at retirement

The American superstar is one of the most honored tennis players in history, holding 23 singles Grand Slam titles.

Serena Williams says she is ‘moving away from tennis’ as she details her retiring from the sport she has dominated for most of her career to focus on growing family and her business interests.

Williams played only her second singles match as she returned to Wimbledon in June after a year-long absence, beating Spain’s Nuria Parisas Dia on Monday. Here’s to the second round of the Toronto Open.

But the 40-year-old said after that match that she could see the light at the end of the tennis tunnel of her career, before suggesting the U.S. Open, which starts this month, could be her swan song.

“I never liked the word retirement,” Williams wrote in Vogue article.

“It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve always seen it as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to how I use the word, which means something very specific and important to a community.

“Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m moving away from tennis to other things that are important to me.

“A few years ago, I quietly started the venture capital firm Serena Ventures. Soon after, I started a family. I wanted to expand the family.”

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other woman or man of the professional era. She won her last major in 2017 and has been chasing an elusive 24th title that would put her on a par with Margaret Court, who holds the record for most majors. Court won her part as an amateur.

Williams has come very close to achieving that feat, having played in four major finals since giving birth to daughter Olympia in 2017.

“Some say I’m not a goat [greatest of all time] Because I didn’t pass Court’s record, which she achieved before the ‘open era’ that started in 1968,” said the former world number one Williams.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. Obviously, I would. But every day, I really don’t want her. If I’m in a Grand Slam final, then yes, I’m thinking about that record. Maybe I’m thinking too much and it’s useless.”

Williams later spoke about the time in a “different direction” in an Instagram post.

“When you love something so much, it’s always a tough time,” she added. “My God, I love tennis.

“But now, the countdown has begun. I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals, and finally discovering a different, but just exciting, Serena. I’ll enjoy these for the next few weeks.”

Williams will play a hard-court event in Toronto this week that will lead to the U.S. Open, the final major of the year, which begins Aug. 29 in New York.

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