Tennis: Serena Williams partira à la retraite après l’US Open

Tennis: Serena Williams partira à la retraite après l'US Open

Serena Williams announced her retirement on Tuesday through a text published on the website of the American magazine Vogue. The tennis player, who will soon turn 41, has confirmed that she wants to be a mother for the second time.

We thought it was eternal since the American marked the history of world tennis. The day after her first win in over a year, Serena Williams announced her retirement on Tuesday. Close to turning 41, which she will celebrate on September 26, the champion with 23 Grand Slam titles in singles has made it clear that the next US Open (August 29 to September 11) will be the last tournament of her career.

“I’ve never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t sound like a modern word to me. I thought of it as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to how I use that word, which means something very specific and important.” for a community of people. Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution, the former world number 1 wrote in a text published on the US Vogue site. I am here to tell you that I am evolving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me. my. A few years ago, I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after, I started a family. I want to expand this family.”

The end of a rich 25-year career.

Throughout her fantastic career, Serena Williams has won no less than 73 singles titles. A total to which we must also add her 23 coronations in doubles, all of them spiky along with her sister Venus de ella. Definitively launched onto the professional circuit in October 1997, during the Moscow tournament, the youngest of the Williams sisters first spent time in the shadow of Venus before really starting to make a name for herself by breaking into the top 100 for the first time. world.

“I would travel to tournaments with Venus as my batting partner, and if there was a free spot, I would play. I followed her around the world and watched her. When she lost, I found out why and made sure I didn’t.” “I don’t lose in the same way. That’s how I started to climb the ranks so fast, because I learned lessons from Venus losses instead of learning them the hard way, from my mistakes,” Serena Williams wrote again announcing the new development of his life. It was as if I was also playing her game. I am a good mime. Growing up, I tried to copy Pete Sampras. I loved Monica Seles, then I studied Monica Seles. I watched, I listened, then I attacked. But if he hadn’t. been in the shadows, Venus, I would never be who I am. When someone said that she was just the little sister, that’s when I got really excited.”

After a first year discovering the world circuit with honorable firsts in the four Grand Slam tournaments in 1998, Serena Williams soon won her first Major. In 1999, the American beat Martina Hingis in the final of the US Open in New York. At nearly 23 years old, it is during this very tournament that she will play her last match on the WTA.

After two years battling the best players on the planet, Serena Williams launches her dominance with three Grand Slam wins at Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and again at the US Open in 2022 before ending the year for the first time in the world’s No. . . During her immense career, Serena Williams held the top spot on the WTA for 319 weeks, including an uninterrupted period of 186 weeks between February 2013 and September 2016.

Graff’s record fell, not Court’s

With 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams has become the most successful player of the Open era, surpassing Germany’s Steffi Graf (22 titles). If most of her victories have been at the Australian Open and Wimbledon (7 titles), the American has also been on clay three times at Roland-Garros and six times at the US Open on clay her.

In addition to these individual successes, she also has 14 doubles titles with her sister Venus Williams. By also winning Olympic gold in singles at London 2012 and three doubles titles (2000, 2008, 2012), Serena Williams became the first woman in history to win every major tournament at once in doubles singles.

Serena Williams graduated from Wimbledon in 2016
Serena Williams won the title at Wimbledon in 2016 © Icon Sport

The only snag in her glorious career, Serena Williams has never managed to equal the total of titles in a Major achieved by the Australian Margaret Court before the Open era (24 titles). A record that the American could have equaled in the last four finals played at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019 after her first pregnancy and the birth of her daughter Olympia. But each time, the one that won her last major title in Melbourne in January 2017, she has collapsed against Angélique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep or Bianca Andreescu. But that doesn’t seem to bother Serena Williams.

“There are people who say I’m not the GOAT because I haven’t broken Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, which she achieved before the ‘Open era’ started in 1968. I’d be lying if I said ‘I don’t want that record. . Obviously yes. But day by day, I don’t really think about her. If I am in a Grand Slam final, then yes, I think to this record, again chained Serena Williams in her text published on the Vogue site. Maybe I thought about it too much and it didn’t help. In my opinion, she should have had more than 30 Grand Slam tournaments. I had my chances after I came back from childbirth. I went through a C-section. to a second pulmonary embolism to a Grand Slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played during postpartum depression. But I did not make it. I should, I could, I could. I didn’t introduce myself as I should or could. But I showed up to 23 times, and it goes own. It is indeed extraordinary. But these days, if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I choose the latter.”

A second pregnancy to come for Serena Williams

Behind her desire to “evolve” outside of tennis is this desire to become a mother again. After the birth of her daughter Olimpia from her in 2017, Serene Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian want to give life again. She is the daughter of a large family, the American, she wants several children and so she assured in her farewell text that she was going to be a mother for the second time after she said goodbye to tennis.

“For the past year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently received information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that when we are ready, we can add a member to our family.” Serena Williams added: “I certainly don’t want to get pregnant again as an athlete. I need to have both feet in tennis or both feet out.”

Et l’icône du tennis des années 2000 et 2010 de poursuivre: “Malheureusement, je n’étais pas prêt à gagner Wimbledon cette année. Et je ne sais pas si je serai prête à gagner à New York. Mais je vais essayer. Et les tournois préparatoires seront amusants. Je sais qu’il ya un fantasme de fan selon lequel j’aurais pu égaler Margaret Court ce jour-là à London, puis peut-être battre son record à New York, puis lors de la cérémonie de remise des trophées, I’ll say “A plus!” Je vous suis plus reconnaissant que je ne pourrai jamais l’exprimer avec des mots. Vous m’avez amené à tant de victories et tant de trophées. Cette version de moi va me manquer, cette fille qui jouait au tennis. Et vous allez me lack.”

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