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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Serena Williams of The United States waves to the crowd after losing against Harmony Tan of France during their Women's Singles First Round Match on day two of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

So, it hit this morning, an excerpt from an interview in Vogue magazine.  Speaking to Rob Haskell, Serena Williams is planning her farewell to tennis, saying this…

“I’ve been reluctant to admit that I have to move on from tennis.  It’s like a taboo topic.  It comes up, and I start to cry.  I think the only person I’ve really gone there is with my therapist”

She goes on to say she doesn’t like the word retirement, saying that ir doesn’t sound like a modern word to her.  She thinks of it as a transition.  She says she can’t even have the conversation with her mom and dad.  She goes on to say, there’s no happiness in the topic for her..

She goes on to say

“I’d like to think that thanks to me, women athletes can be themselves.  They can play with aggression and pump their fists.  They can wear what they want and say what they want and kick butt and be proud of it all.

She confesses to not being ready for Wimbledon last month and she doesn’t know if she’ll be ready for the US Open next month, but she’s going to try.  She says she’s not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment.  Quoting her, “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst.  But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words.  You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies.  I’m going to miss that version of me, the girl that played tennis.  And I’m going to miss you”


National Bank Open Toronto - Day 3

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 08: Serena Williams of the United States serves against Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain during the National Bank Open, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at Sobeys Stadium on August 8, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Her record

23 Major Singles titles

39 total Grand Slam titles (23 in singles) (14 in women’s doubles) (2 mix doubles titles)

2012 Olympic Gold Medal

Career Record: 192-34

7 Australian Opens

3 French Opens

7 Wimbledon Championships

7 US Open Championships

She’s won close to $95 million in prize money.

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