Serena Williams announces retirement plans: Tennis superstar 'ready for what's next'

One of the most popular American professional athletes is prepared to retire. Tennis legend Serena Williams revealed her retirement strategies Tuesday in a first-person essay in the current concern of Vogue. Williams does strategy to play in the 2022 United States Open, which begins later on this month.

“It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine,” the tennis star informed Vogue. “I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

In an Instagram post promoting the Vogue piece on Tuesday early morning, Williams composed “I’m gonna relish these next few weeks,” insinuating that the United States Open — which starts on Aug. 29 — will be her last competition.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year,” Williams informed Vogue. “And I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York [the US Open]. But I’m going to try. And the lead-up tournaments will be fun.”

The tennis legend stated a huge part of the choice to unwind her profession now is that she wishes to have another kid.

“If I have to choose between building my tennis résumé and building my family, I choose the latter,” she stated.

Williams and her partner, Alexis Ohanian, have a five-year-old child, Olympia, together and intend on growing their household quickly.

“In the last year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family,” Williams stated. “I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

Williams, 40, altered the sport of tennis when she broke onto the expert scene in 1995 as a 14-year-old. Since then, she has actually won the Australian Open 7 times, Wimbledon 7 times, the United States Open 6 times and the French Open 3 times. Altogether, she has 23 Grand Slam songs titles to her name, the most by any gamer in the Open Era.

The just individual with more Grand Slam titles is Margaret Court (24), a mark Williams has actually been trying to connect since she won the 2017 Australian Open. Williams shared her ideas on not having the ability to break Court’s record:

Via Vogue:

“There are people who say I’m not the GOAT because I didn’t pass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles, which she achieved before the ‘open era’ that began in 1968. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. Obviously I do. But day to day, I’m really not thinking about her. If I’m in a grand slam final, then yes, I am thinking about that record. Maybe I thought about it too much, and that didn’t help. The way I see it, I should have had 30-plus grand slams. I had my chances after coming back from giving birth. I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a grand slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played through postpartum depression. But I didn’t get there. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. I didn’t show up the way I should have or could have. But I showed up 23 times, and that’s fine. Actually it’s extraordinary.”

Overall in her profession, Williams won 73 songs titles, 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles with her sibling Venus Williams and 4 Olympic Gold Medals.

“I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment,” Williams stated. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”

During her profession, Williams was at the top of the Women’s Tennis Association rankings for a joint-record 186 successive weeks, and ended up as the year-end No. 1 5 times.

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