In the twilight of her phenomenal career, during which she won 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena Williams, who is widely regarded as the greatest player in tennis history, summed up her feelings as follows: “I am grateful to be Serena”.
See you soon 41 (September 26), the American was eliminated in the third round of the US Open on Friday in what should be his last game.
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Serena Williams announced in early August that she would be retiring very soon, without specifying where or when. “Her” Major looks like the perfect exit door and she received a shower of tributes there.
QUESTION: Are you going to reverse your decision to retire?
ANSWER: I don’t think so, but you never know…
Q: When you play this well, is it easier to bow out?
A: Yes, but at the same time it’s a bit more difficult. Every week I was playing better and better. If I had started again earlier, if I had played more matches, I would still be playing at a high level. But I only want to keep the positives of my career.
Q: What would it take for you to come back?
A: I don’t know. I do not think about it. But I’ve always loved Australia (where the next Grand Slam tournament will be played in January 2023). I’ve come a long way since Wimbledon last year. So I still don’t know if it was my last moment or not. It takes a lot of work to get there. And it is clear that I am still capable of it. But there are plenty of other things. I’m ready to be a mother, to explore another version of Serena. Technically, I’m still super young (she’ll be 41 on September 26). So I want to enjoy life while I can still walk.
Q: Athletes often don’t know what they are going to do the day after their last match. Do you know what you will be doing tomorrow?
A: For starters, I’m resting! Then I will spend time with my daughter. I have been with her almost every day of her life. And my career was complicated to manage for her. So it will be nice to spend time with her and do things that we haven’t been able to do. My future is so bright. But tomorrow, for sure, I’m going to karaoke.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career?
A: Roland-Garros 2015. It is undoubtedly the title that I remember because I almost died. I don’t know how I won. So it’s very beautiful.
Q: Do you plan to stay close to tennis in the future?
A: Tennis has held such a place in my life that I can’t imagine not staying involved in the sport. I don’t know how yet. But he brought me so much, I lived so many incredible moments thanks to tennis, that I don’t see my future without tennis. But how? I do not have the faintest idea…
Q: What would you like people to take away from you?
A: There are so many things I can be remembered for… Like fighting. I am such a fighter. I think I bring and I brought something to tennis. These different looks, clenched fists, crazy intensity. The right word for all of this is passion. Going through the good times and the bad. I could go on and on… But in the end, I’m so grateful to have had this moment and to be Serena.