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

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One of America’s most prominent athletes is ready to retire. Tennis legend Serena Williams announced her retirement plans Tuesday in a first-person essay in her latest issue. trendWilliams is set to play at the 2022 US Open, which starts later this month.

‘It’s the hardest thing I could have ever imagined,’ said tennis star trend“I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

In an Instagram post promoting trend In an article Tuesday morning, Williams wrote, “I’m going to enjoy the next few weeks,” hinting that the US Open, which begins August 29, will be her final tournament.

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

The tennis legend said the main reason for her decision to scale back her career now is that she wants to have another child.

“If You have to choose between building a tennis resume or starting a family, but I choose the latter,” she said.

Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, have a five-year-old daughter, Olympia, and are about to expand their family.

“Last year, Alexis and I were about to have another child, but recently got some information from the doctors that put my mind at ease and made me feel ready to have another child whenever I was ready. ” said Williams. “I definitely don’t want to get pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two or two feet away from tennis.

Williams, 40, changed the sport of tennis when he stepped into the professional world in 1995 at the age of 14. Since then, she has won the Australian Open seven times, Wimbledon seven times, the US Open six times and the French Open three times. In total, she has her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any player in the Open Era.

Only Margaret Court (24) has won more Grand Slam titles, and Mark Williams has been chasing a tie since winning the 2017 Australian Open. Williams shared her thoughts on failing to break the court record:

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“Some say I’m not a GOAT because I didn’t surpass the record of 24 Grand Slam titles achieved by Margaret Court before the ‘Open Era’ began in 1968. “Obviously I didn’t want that record. But every day, I don’t really think about her. If I’m in a Grand Slam final, yes, I think about that record.” I’m thinking maybe I thought about it too much and it didn’t help The way I see it I should have had 30+ Grand Slams After I got back from giving birth the chances were I had my second pulmonary embolism from a C-section Grand Slam final I played while breastfeeding I played during postpartum depression But I didn’t get there I should have, I could I didn’t play the way I was supposed to, but playing at 23 is fine.

Over her career, Williams won 73 singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus Williams, and four Olympic gold medals.

“I’m not looking for a ceremonial, final moment on the court,” Williams said. You have led me to so many victories and so many trophies I miss you my version of that girl who played tennis And I miss you

During her career, Williams led the Women’s Tennis Association rankings for 186 consecutive weeks and ended the year at No. 1 five times.