The 23-year-old Grand Slam winner says she’s “evolving away from tennis” in a new Vogue interview.
Serena Williams, one of the world’s greatest tennis players of all time, has announced that she will be “evolving” from tennis after the upcoming US Open.
Writing for the fashion magazine FashionWilliams said she’s “moving towards other things that are important to me,” adding that she’s not a fan of the term “retirement.”
She then recently won her first match since returning at the National Bank Open in Toronto earlier this week.
The 40-year-old beat world No. 57 Nuria Parrizas Diaz in straight sets and remained coy when asked about retirement following her triumph.
However, the recent publication of the Vogue interview has made it clear where one of the greatest athletes of all time stands in the world after retirement.
What did Serena Williams say?
After her first win in over a year, Williams was asked about her motivation to keep going, to which she replied, “I think there’s only light at the end of the tunnel.
“I don’t know, I’m getting closer to the light. It has been for me lately. I can’t wait to reach that light.”
When asked what this light represented, Williams said, “Freedom. I love to play so it’s amazing.”
However, her recent essay with Vogue Magazine, published earlier today, suggested Williams is ready to “take a leave of tennis on her own.”
The 23rd Grand Slam winner wrote: “I never wanted to choose between tennis and family. If I were a man I wouldn’t be writing this because I would be out there playing and winning while my wife does the physical work to expand our family…
“Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman and I’ve enjoyed every second of being pregnant with Olympia.
“And I almost did the impossible: A lot of people don’t know that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But I’ll be 41 this month and something has to happen.”
Williams continued by saying, “I’ve never liked the word retirement, it doesn’t feel like a modern word to me.
“Perhaps the best word to describe what I intend to do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me.”
“I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.
Serena Williams’ record in court
Williams is one of Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles and has been the most prolific tennis player in recent years.
She has a career record of 855 wins/153 losses and won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2002 before winning her first Wimbledon title later that year.
Williams has won the Australian Open seven times; the French Open three times; Seven times Wimbledon and six times the US Open.
The 40-year-old from Compton also has 14 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and two titles in mixed doubles to her credit.
Williams enjoyed a total of 319 weeks as number one, including a combined record of 186 consecutive weeks in elite sport, and finished the year as world number one five times.
What is Serena Williams net worth?
In 2016, Williams was the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning nearly $29 million and repeating the fet the next year when she was the only woman on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes.
Corresponding celebrity net worthWilliams is currently estimated to have a net worth of $250 million (£206 million).
When is the US Open?
Emma Raducanu will begin defending her US Open title on August 29, 2022 as the world prepares for what may be Williams’ last tournament, which will conclude on September 11, 2022 at the Flushing Meadow Ground