The countdown is on
": it is with these words that Serena Williams, the star of world tennis, announced Tuesday her next retirement from the courts, after 25 years of career and 23 Grand Slam titles.
There is a time in life when you have to decide to take a new route.
It's always a difficult moment when you love what you do so much.
And God knows I love tennis.
But now the countdown is on
,” explained the 40-year-old American on her Instagram account and in an interview with Vogue magazine.
I want to focus on my role as a mom, my spiritual goals, to discover a new but equally exciting Serena
," she added, saying she wanted to "
savor the next few weeks
The former world No.1 has not indicated when she will retire, but the US Open, which she has won six times and where she is still on the entry list this year, seems to be the right one. place for farewells.
Unfortunately, I wasn't ready to win Wimbledon this year
," she told Vogue.
And I don't know if I'll be ready to win in New York.
But I will try
,” she said.
On Monday, the youngest of the Williams sisters won her first victory in over a year at the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto, six weeks after a failed first return to Wimbledon after a year's absence.
The American, who will celebrate her 41st birthday on September 26, won with courage against the Spaniard Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (N.57) in two sets (6-3, 6-4), winning her first success for over a year.
His last singles victory on the WTA circuit dates back to June 4, 2021, during a victorious 3rd round at Roland-Garros, a few weeks before forfeiting the first round of Wimbledon due to a leg injury.
She was then absent for almost a year, only making her return to singles at the end of June at Wimbledon... where she was beaten by Frenchwoman Harmony Tan.
Dropped to 407th in the world
Seven times crowned in singles on the London turf and former undisputed world No.1, Serena Williams has now fallen to 407th place in the world.
Her last Grand Slam title dates back more than five years, at the 2017 Australian Open. Since then, she has been running in vain behind a 24th title that would allow her to equal Margaret Court's record.
I know there's a fan fantasy that I could have equaled Margaret
'this year at Wimbledon'
and then maybe beat her record in New York and then at the trophy ceremony say 'A more !"
I understand, it's a beautiful dream!
But I'm not looking for a ceremony, or a last moment on the pitch.
I suck at goodbyes, the worst in the world
, ”she confides willingly.
While waiting for her to make her decision and announce it, in New York or later, elsewhere, her next appearance on the courts is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto to try to win a place in the round of 16 against Belinda Bencic or Tereza Matincova.
It's almost the end of the Williams saga.
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