Women’s tennis will not be the same since the end of the year: Serena Williams has decided to retire with the end of the US Open. The American tennis player has had some difficult years, between pregnancies and physical problems; Despite this, she has managed to win again this 2022.
She first brought her back in doubles with Ons Jabeur on the Eastbourne lawn, then the first singles match after a year’s absence at Wimbledon, which ended, however, in a three-set loss. Only in Toronto did the former world number one find victory again, after 430 days of abstinence: she passed the first round in the Canadian WTA 1000.
Following her first match in the Canadian capital, Sister Williams decided to give an exclusive interview to Vogue in which she announced her retirement from tennis after the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. “It’s the hardest thing I could imagine.
I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I’m prepared for the future,” she told Vogue, as reported by her Fanpage. Not just the Vogue interview, but also the Instagram post, featuring Vogue’s September cover photo, of the US champion making the official announcement.
“There comes a time in life when we have to decide to go in a different direction. That time is always difficult when you love something so much. My God, I love tennis. But now, the countdown has begun. I have to focus on being a mother, on my spiritual goals and on finally discovering a different but simply exciting Serena.
I’m going to enjoy these next few weeks,” the former number one wrote on her profile.
Rusedski on Serena Williams
“No question about it, Serena Williams is the greatest male or female tennis player at the moment.
She has the most majors in the Open Era, you’ve got to look at the depth of the game and the generation she’s gone through as well,” former British No 1 Greg Rusedski told Sky Sports News. “Maybe she doesn’t have the record of 24, but what she’s accomplished as well as her back story to achieve what she’s achieved.
No question about it. She is a complete athlete. She’s box office. She’s carried women’s tennis for the last two decades with her sister Venus as well, you’ve obviously had other great players around them, but she brings your non-tennis fan to the sport.
If you know absolutely nothing about tennis, you know the name Serena Williams. She’s iconic and we’re losing an icon of our sport and she will be truly, truly missed”.