Legendary tennis player, Serena Williams announced her retirement after a glorious career that spanned almost 27 years. Williams, who began her professional career in 1995 is considered the greatest player the sport has ever seen and has over 23 grand slam titles to her name. She has inspired a whole generation of young tennis players, especially young girls to work hard and chase their dreams, just like she did.
Williams played alongside her sister Venus Williams, who is also a major tennis player with her own set of great achievements. The upcoming US Open will be her last championship after which she wants to focus on her family.
During an interview with Vogue, Williams shared how she never really liked the word ‘retirement’ and preferred to describe this transition stage as “evolution”. “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies,” she said, as she shared a heartwarming message to her fans. Williams adds, “I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”
Serena Williams won the Australian Open while two months pregnant. The GOAT conversation was over the moment she did that.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️⚧️🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) August 9, 2022
Fans around the world poured in messages and have shared their warm memories with the tennis star, talking about how much of an impact she has made on people around the globe. Williams has not only broken records but has also shattered stereotypes about women athletes. Remember when she won the Australian Open while she was two months pregnant with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and soon returned to the court after the delivery?
And even though, nothing compares to watching Williams play in all her glory, she continues inspire and be a beacon of light even off the court, in true Serena Williams fashion.