« Le compte à rebours a commencé » : Serena Williams annonce sa retraite après l’US Open

« Le compte à rebours a commencé » : Serena Williams annonce sa retraite après l’US Open

The American Serena Williams signed, on Monday, August 8 in the first round of the Toronto tournament, her first victory of the year, six weeks after her unsuccessful return to Wimbledon. It was also her first win since June 4, 2021 and hers 3me winning lap at Roland-Garros.

But, beyond this statistic, it is above all a small phrase launched the day after this match by the former number one in the world, which caught the attention. in the magazine fashionannounces that he will walk away from tennis after the US Open (August 29 to September 11).

While pointing out that she doesn’t like the word ” retired “the player, who turns 41 on September 26, says she will go to “Other things that are important to [elle] ». ” The countdown has begun “he also wrote, in a post on his Instagram account.

“There comes a time in life when you have to decide to take a new route. It’s always a difficult time when you love what you do so much. And God, I love tennis.”explains the American saying that she wants “to focus on her role as a mother, her spiritual goals to discover a new but equally exciting Serena”.

However, in February 2021, in Melbourne, Serena Williams had assured: “If one day I say goodbye, I will not tell anyone.” Eliminated in the semifinals by Japan’s Naomi Osaka shortly before, she had made a gesture towards the crowd, with her hand on her heart, which had opened the way for speculation.

One length short of Margaret Court’s title record

“I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win in New York. But I will try “, she also says. In London, Serena Williams had been eliminated in the first round by the French Harmony Tan.

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The American, who was returning from injury (she injured the hamstring in her right leg on June 29, 2021 at Wimbledon) had been invited to the London lawn, her current ranking (1,204me world before the tournament) that no longer allows him to enter the main draw of a Grand Slam, or even the qualifications.

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New York promises to be a great outcome: Serena Williams has won 6 of her 23 titles (in singles) at Grand Slam tournaments there (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, US Open).

With these 23 titles, however, she will remain one body short of the record held by the Australian Margaret Court (between 1960 and 1973, before the Open era), behind which she has run, in vain, since her victory at the Open in Australia. in 2017 – two months pregnant.

“I would be lying if I said I don’t want to break that record. Of course I want it. But everyday, I don’t think about her [Court]. In the final of the Grand Slam tournament, I think about it, about this record. I probably even thought about it too much and it didn’t help me.”, acknowledges the player. Lamenting having, unlike his male counterparts, “I had to choose between tennis and having a family”.

She had returned to competition after her maternity in the spring of 2018 to match this record. Four times since then he has reached the final (Wimbledon and US Open in 2018 and 2019), but without managing to lift a 24me trophy, overcome by pressure and injuries.

“Not very good for farewells”

“It doesn’t matter the number, 23, 24, 25… what matters is that I give everything on the court and whatever I do, in the end I will have signed a great career anyway”, she said in 2018.

In this case, Serena Williams is the only one, men and women combined, to have won every Grand Slam title as well as the Olympics, in both singles and doubles.

“I know there is a fan fantasy that I could have matched Margaret” this year at Wimbledon, “Then maybe he’ll break his record in New York, then at the awards show, say ‘See ya! ”. I get it, it’s a beautiful dream! But I am not looking for a ceremony, nor a last moment in the field. I suck at goodbyes, the worst in the world”she says.

Before launching into his fans: “But know that I am more grateful to you than I can ever put into words.”

Serena Williams in numbers

23 The number of Grand Slam tournaments won, in singles, by Serena Williams, a record in the Open era (7 wins at the Australian Open, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open, 3 Roland-Garros), by 14 in doubles.

94 The number of finals contested by Serena Williams on tour, for 73 titles in total, the last in Auckland in 2020.

319 The number of weeks the American has been in the number one chair in the world, just over six years, behind Martina Navratilova (332 weeks) and Steffi Graf (377).

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