Serena Williams 'Evolving Away From Tennis'

Tennis great is sounding like she's retiring, looking to focus on her family and business ventures
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2022 9:07 AM CDT
Serena Williams 'Evolving Away From Tennis'
Serena Williams returns the ball during a match against Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain during the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Toronto on Monday.   (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – Serena Williams says she's ready to step away from tennis after winning 23 Grand Slam titles, turning her focus to her business interests and having another child, reports the AP. "I'm turning 41 ... and something's got to give," Williams wrote in an essay released Tuesday by Vogue magazine. Williams said she doesn't like the word "retirement" and prefers to think of this stage of her life as "evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me."

Williams is playing this week in Toronto, at a hard-court tournament that leads into the US Open, the year's last Grand Slam event, which begins in New York on Aug. 29. The American has won more Grand Slam singles titles in the professional era than any other woman or man. Only one player, Margaret Court, collected more, 24, although she won a portion of hers in the amateur era. Read Williams' full Vogue piece here.

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