Serena Williams Reveals Retirement Plans: ‘I’m Evolving Away From Tennis’

Tennis nice Serena Williams has confirmed her resolution to retire from the game, calling it a “reluctant” resolution and “the hardest thing that I could ever imagine.”

“I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” she mentioned in an essay for Vogue printed Tuesday. “I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

Williams, 40, didn’t specify an finish date and mentioned she intends to compete within the U.S. Open which is able to start later this month in New York. She hinted on Instagram, nonetheless, that it may very well be her closing match, writing: “The countdown has begun,” and, “I’m gonna relish these next few weeks.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion mentioned she needs to give attention to her household, together with having one other youngster along with her husband, Alexis Ohanian. She additionally mentioned she feels professionally pushed by her enterprise capital agency, Serena Ventures, which she launched a couple of years in the past.

Serena Williams is seen her quarter-final doubles tennis match on the Eastbourne Worldwide tennis match in England again in June.

“I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out,” she mentioned. “I’ve been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis.”

Williams shared that she was two months pregnant along with her daughter, Olympia, when she gained the Australian Open in 2017.

“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,” she mentioned.

“But these days, if I have to choose between building my tennis résumé and building my family, I choose the latter,” Williams added.

Williams had hinted about her retirement plans on Monday after beating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz on the Nationwide Financial institution Open in Canada. It was her first singles match victory in additional than a 12 months.

Williams credited recommendation from golfer Tiger Woods this previous spring for motivating her to get again on the court docket after taking a seven-month break.

She described a “magical” feeling when she picked up a racket once more.

“And I was good. I was really good. I went back and forth about whether to play Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open after that,” she mentioned. “Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York. But I’m going to try.”