February 1, 2023

At age 40 with practically two dozen Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams introduced her plan to retire from tennis in a Vogue article. 

“Consider me, I by no means wished to have to decide on between tennis and a household. I don’t suppose it’s truthful,” Williams wrote after her 4-year-old daughter Olympia begged and prayed for a child sister. “If I had been a man, I wouldn’t be scripting this as a result of I’d be on the market taking part in and profitable whereas my spouse was doing the bodily labor of increasing our household.”

The youngest of 5 daughters, Williams and her sister Venus’ rise to tennis stardom was not too long ago captured within the 2021 movie King Richard. starring Will Smith as their father Richard Williams. Smith gained the Academy Award for Greatest Actor.

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Selecting to not use the phrase “retirement,” Williams as a substitute mentioned she could be “evolving away from tennis” to deal with pursuits off the court docket, comparable to her enterprise capital agency, Serena Ventures, and increasing her household.

“There isn’t a happiness on this matter for me,” she continued. “I do know it’s not the standard factor to say, however I really feel an excessive amount of ache. It’s the toughest factor that I may ever think about. I hate it. I hate that I’ve to be at this crossroads. I maintain saying to myself, I want it could possibly be simple for me, but it surely’s not.”

Williams shared that she even went to good pal and fellow athlete Tiger Woods for recommendation, who satisfied her to get again on the court docket after not taking part in for over a 12 months.

“Sadly I wasn’t able to win Wimbledon this 12 months,” she mentioned of her early loss to France’s Concord Tan. If Williams had gained Wimbledon, she would have tied Margaret Court docket’s file for Grand Slam titles, giving Williams the chance to then beat Court docket’s file on the US Open. “And I don’t know if I shall be able to win New York. However I’m going to strive.”

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