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Serena Williams says ‘countdown’ to retirement has begun

PARIS: US tennis nice Serena Williams introduced on Tuesday that “the countdown has begun” to her retirement from the game. “There comes a time in existence when we need to come to a decision to transport in a special route,” the 40-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam winner stated in a submit on Instagram. That point is all the time laborious whilst you love one thing such a lot. My goodness do I revel in tennis. However now, the countdown has begun. I’ve to concentrate on being a mother, my non secular objectives and in any case finding a special, however simply thrilling Serena. I’m gonna relish those following few weeks.”

Williams gained the remaining of her 23 Slams on the 2017 Australian Open when she was once already pregnant with daughter, Olympia. Then again, she has failed so as to add a twenty fourth primary which might take her stage with Margaret Courtroom’s all-time document. Her ultimate try will come at the USA Open in New York later this month. Williams stepped onto a hardcourt for the primary time in a yr and a part on Monday within the WTA Toronto event the place she fought thru to the second one spherical with a immediately units victory over Nuria Parrizas Diaz.

It was once her first singles victory because the 2021 French Open, some 14 months in the past. The previous international primary had performed her first singles fit in a yr following a long damage layoff all through a primary spherical defeat at Wimbledon in June. Previous Tuesday, Williams wrote within the September version of Style the place she featured at the duvet that she was once “evolving away” from the game after the USA Open the place she has gained six of her primary singles titles.

“Sadly I wasn’t in a position to win Wimbledon this yr,” she wrote in Style. “And I don’t know if I can be in a position to win New York. However I’m going to check out. And the lead-up tournaments might be a laugh. I do know there’s a fan myth that I would possibly have tied Margaret that day in London, then perhaps beat her document in New York, after which on the trophy rite say, 3See ya!3 I am getting that. It’s a excellent myth. However I’m no longer searching for some ceremonial, ultimate on-court second. I’m horrible at goodbyes, the sector’s worst.”

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