One of the biggest athletes ever has signaled the finish of her enjoying profession. Serena Williams will cling up the racket after the US Open, tennis’ last main of the calendar yr, she confirmed to Vogue Magazine in a customized essay. Williams, 41, has one last likelihood to tie Margaret Court’s all-time file, with 24 Grand Slam singles victories. The US Open begins Aug. 29 in New York, with the ladies’s singles last scheduled for Sept. 10.
Williams stands at 23 all-time singles Grand Slam titles, successful every of tennis’ main tournaments at the least 3 times. She received the Australian Open and Wimbledon seven occasions every, the US Open six occasions, and received a trio of French Open titles. Williams got here near successful a calendar yr Grand Slam twice, falling one main brief in 2002 and 2015. Williams’ final Grand Slam victory was at the 2017 Australian Open.
Adding her 14 doubles Grand Slam victories and two combined doubles triumphs at Wimbledon and the US Open in 1998, Williams has received a staggering 39 general Grand Slam titles all through her 28-year skilled profession. Williams has additionally received 4 Olympic gold medals and round $94 million in prize cash. Williams’ private essay consists of name-dropping a number of different famous person athletes together with Tiger Woods, who she confided in for profession recommendation. There’s additionally a not-so-subtle jab at Tom Brady.
“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair,” Williams wrote. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.
“Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia. I was one of those annoying women who adored being pregnant and was working until the day I had to report to the hospital—although things got super complicated on the other side. And I almost did do the impossible: A lot of people don’t realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give.”
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