Serena announces upcoming retirement from sport

:Serena Williams said on Tuesday that she is “evolving away from tennis” as she described her impending retirement from the sport, which she has dominated for most of her career with 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

On Monday, Williams played just her second singles match since returning to action in June after a year-long absence from competition at Wimbledon, defeating Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz to reach the second round of the Toronto Open.

But the 40-year-old said after that match she could see the light at the end of the tennis tunnel in her career, before suggesting the US Open, which begins this month, could be her swan song.

“I’ve never liked the word retirement,” Williams wrote in a Vogue article social_twitter&utm_social- type=own&utm_medium=social. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I thought of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.

“Perhaps evolution is the best word to describe what I intend to do. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me.

“A few years ago I quietly founded Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. I started a family soon after. I want to enlarge this family.”

Williams won her last Grand Slam in 2017, chasing an elusive 24th crown that will put her level with Margaret Court, who holds the record for most majors.

She came tantalizingly close to that feat, appearing in four major finals since the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017.

“There are people who say I’m not the GOAT because I failed Court’s record, which she set before the ‘Open era’ that started in 1968,” she said former world number one Williams.

“I would be lying if I said I don’t want this record. Obviously I do. But I really don’t think about her every day. If I’m in a Slam final then yes I’ve been thinking about this record. Maybe I thought about it too much and that didn’t help.”

Williams later spoke about the time to move in a “different direction” in an Instagram post.

“This time is always tough when you love something so much,” she added. “Gosh, I enjoy tennis.

“But now the countdown has started. I need to focus on being a mom, achieving my spiritual goals, and finally discovering a different but just plain exciting Serena. I will enjoy these next few weeks.”

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