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Tennis Star Serena Williams announced her retirement from Tennis on 9th August 2022. She will retire from active Tennis after completing US Open which will be held from late-August till Sept 2022.
Serena Williams announces Retirement from Tennis
Tennis Star Serena Williams announced her retirement from Tennis on 9th August 2022. She will retire from active Tennis after completing US Open which will be held from late August to Sept 2022. The queen of tennis, as she is admiringly referred as by her fans, will bid farewell to the game after 22 years of excellence during which she achieved 73 career singles titles and 23 career doubles titles. While the announcement of her retirement comes as unhappy news, a lot of experts had implied that it was on the cards as she turns 41 next month.
Serena Williams – A Brief Biography
Serena Williams was born on 26th Sept 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. Her parents, Oracene Price and Richard Williams had 4 daughters in total i.e., Venus Williams another iconic tennis player was Serena’s full sister, while Yetunde, Lyndrea, and Isha Price were her half-sisters.
Serena Williams began playing professional Tennis in 1995 and won her first singles title at the 1999 US Open. Since then, she has gone on to win a total of 73 career singles titles and 23 career doubles titles and has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks. She is also the most-paid female athlete worldwide with total winnings amounting to over $94.5 million during her Tennis Career.
Serena Williams – Grand Slam Singles Titles
|Tournament Name||No of Titles||Years Won|
|Australian Open||7||2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017|
|French Open||3||2002, 2013, 2015|
|Wimbledon||7||2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016|
|US Open||6||1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014|
Serena Williams – Grand Slam Doubles Titles
|Tournament Name||No of Titles||Years Won|
|Australian Open||4||2001, 2003, 2009, 2010|
|French Open||2||1999, 2010|
|Wimbledon||6||2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016|
|US Open||2||1999, 2009|
Serena Williams – Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Titles
Serena Williams – Olympic Medals Won
Serena Williams has also represented the United States of America in Olympic Games winning 4 Gold Medals, 3 Doubles and 1 Singles.
|Medal Type||Olympic Game||Game Type|
Announcement Through Article in Vogue Magazine
Tennis Legend Serena Williams decided to make a formal announcement about her retirement through an article issued in Vogue Magazine. In the magazine, Ms Williams acclaimed that “I have never liked the word ‘retirement…Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is ‘evolution.’ I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”
One of the main reasons given by the Tennis legend for retiring from sport is her family. In an emotional post shared on Instagram, she noted that “There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction. That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun. I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena. I’m gonna relish these next few weeks.” Williams is married to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.
Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words
This morning, my daughter, Olympia, who turns five this month, and I were on our way to get her a new passport before a trip to Europe. We’re in my car, and she’s holding my phone, using an interactive educational app she likes. This robot voice asks her a question: What do you want to be when you grow up? She doesn’t know I’m listening, but I can hear the answer she whispers into the phone. She says, “I want to be a big sister.”
Olympia says this a lot, even when she knows I’m listening. Sometimes before bed, she prays to Jehovah to bring her a baby sister. (She doesn’t want anything to do with a boy!) I’m the youngest of five sisters myself, and my sisters are my heroes, so this has felt like a moment I need to listen very carefully to.
Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity. Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia. I was one of those annoying women who adored being pregnant and was working until the day I had to report to the hospital—although things got super complicated on the other side. And I almost did do the impossible: A lot of people don’t realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give.
I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.
But I’ve been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis. Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it’s like a taboo topic. I can’t even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It’s like it’s not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I’ve really gone there with is my therapist! One thing I’m not going to do is sugarcoat this. I know that a lot of people are excited about and look forward to retiring, and I really wish I felt that way. Ashleigh Barty was number one in the world when she left the sport this March, and I believe she really felt ready to move on. Caroline Wozniacki, who is one of my best friends, felt a sense of relief when she retired in 2020.
Praise to these people, but I’m going to be honest. There is no happiness in this topic for me. I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a great deal of pain. It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to look at this magazine when it comes out, knowing that this is it, the end of a story that started in Compton, California, with a little Black girl who just wanted to play tennis. This sport has given me so much. I love to win. I love the battle. I love to entertain. I’m not sure every player sees it that way, but I love the performance aspect of it—to be able to entertain people week after week. Some of the happiest times in my life were spent waiting in that hallway in Melbourne, and walking out into Rod Laver Arena with my earphones in and trying to stay focused and drown out the noise but still feeling the energy of the crowd. Night matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows. Hitting an ace on set point.
My whole life, up to now, has been tennis. My dad says I first picked up a racket when I was three, but I think it was even earlier. There’s a picture of Venus pushing me in a stroller on a tennis court, and I couldn’t have been more than 18 months. Unlike Venus, who’s always been stoic and classy, I’ve never been one to contain my emotions. I remember learning to write my alphabet for kindergarten and not doing it perfectly and crying all night. I was so angry about it. I’d erase and rewrite that A over and over, and my mother let me stay up all night while my sisters were in bed. That’s always been me. I want to be great. I want to be perfect. I know perfect doesn’t exist, but whatever my perfect was, I never wanted to stop until I got it right.
To me that’s kind of the essence of being Serena: expecting the best from myself and proving people wrong. There were so many matches I won because something made me angry or someone counted me out. That drove me. I’ve built a career on channeling anger and negativity and turning it into something good. My sister Venus once said that when someone out there says you can’t do something, it is because they can’t do it. But I did do it. And so can you.
I started playing tennis with the goal of winning the U.S. Open. I didn’t think past that. And then I just kept winning. I remember when I passed Martina Hingis’s grand slam count. Then Seles’s. And then I tied Billie Jean King, who is such an inspiration for me because of how she has pioneered gender equality in all sports. Then it was climbing over the Chris Evert–Martina Navratilova mountain. There are people who say I’m not the GOAT because I didn’t pass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles, which she achieved before the “open era” that began in 1968. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. Obviously I do. But day to day, I’m really not thinking about her. If I’m in a grand slam final, then yes, I am thinking about that record. Maybe I thought about it too much, and that didn’t help. The way I see it, I should have had 30-plus grand slams. I had my chances after coming back from giving birth. I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a grand slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played through postpartum depression. But I didn’t get there. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. I didn’t show up the way I should have or could have. But I showed up 23 times, and that’s fine. Actually it’s extraordinary. But these days, if I have to choose between building my tennis résumé and building my family, I choose the latter.
Earlier in my career, I never thought about having kids. There were times when I’ve wondered if I should ever bring kids into this world, with all its problems. I was never that confident or comfortable around babies or children, and I figured that if I ever did have a baby, I would have people taking care of it 24/7. I’m not going to lie—I definitely have a lot of support. But I’m also an incredibly hands-on mother. My husband will tell you I am too hands-on. In five years, Olympia has only spent one 24-hour period away from me. This past year, while I was recovering from a hamstring injury, I got to pick her up from school four or five days a week, and I always looked forward to seeing her face light up when she walked out of the building and saw me waiting there for her. The fact is that nothing is a sacrifice for me when it comes to Olympia. It all just makes sense. I want to teach her how to tie her shoes, how to read, where babies come from, and about God. Just like my mom taught me. As she grows, it’s something different every month. Lately she’s been into watching baking shows, which we do together. Now we bake with Play-Doh, which is so much fun. She loves this game called The Floor Is Lava, where you have to do whatever you can to avoid touching the ground. I love setting up my gym for the game, arranging my step-up boxes and weight machines like an obstacle course. Whatever she likes, I like.
Grand Slam tournament finals
Singles: 33 (23–10)
Women’s doubles: 14 (14–0)
Mixed doubles: 4 (2–2)
Williams has achieved a record 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court. She carries the Open Era record for most women’s singles titles at the Australian Open and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert. She also carries the records for the most women’s singles matches won at majors and the most singles majors won since turning 30 years old. She is the sole tennis player, male or female, to win three of the four Grand Slams at least 6 times. She is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships in the singles division.
In doubles, the Williams sisters have the third most women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva (14 with Gigi Fernández) and the record 20 titles achieved by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Serena and Venus are the only tennis players in history with four Olympic gold medals (three in women’s doubles together and one each in singles), and to achieve Olympic gold in the same event on three events. They are the only Open Era women tennis players to achieve Olympic Gold in both the singles and doubles categories. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Serena Williams became the third player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at one Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody at the 1924 Summer Olympics and Venus at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Williams is the sole player, male or female, to attain a Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.
Williams as a child, her early training, and relationship with her sister Venus and family are portrayed in the 2021 feature movie King Richard, which is targeted especially on Venus’s teenage transformation into a professional tennis player.
|2001||The Simpsons||Herself (voice)||Episode: “Tennis the Menace”|
|2002||My Wife and Kids||Miss Wiggins||Episode: “Crouching Mother, Hidden Father”|
|2003||Street Time||Meeka Hayes||Episode: “Fly Girl”|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Chloe Spiers||Episode: “Brotherhood”|
|2004||The Division||Jennifer Davis||Episode: “Lost and Found”|
|2004||Hair Show||Agent Ross|
|2005||Higglytown Heroes||Snowplow Driver Hero (voice)||Episode: “Higgly Hoedown/Eubie’s Turbo Sled”|
|2005||ER||Alice Watson||Episode: “Two Ships “|
|2005||All of Us||Herself||Episode: “Not So Wonderful News”|
|2005||America’s Next Top Model||Herself||Episode: “The Girl with the Worst Photo in History”|
|2007||Loonatics Unleashed||Queen Athena (voice)||Episode: “Apocalypso”|
|2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Ming (voice)||Episode: “The Day of Black Sun: Part 1 – The Invasion”|
|2006||The Bernie Mac Show||Herself||Episode: “Spinning Wheels”|
|2008||The Game||Herself||Episode: “The List Episode”|
|2008||MADtv||Herself / Black Racket||Episode: “Episode 7”|
|2011||Keeping Up with the Kardashians||Herself||Episode: “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event – Part 2”|
|2012||Drop Dead Diva||Kelly Stevens||Episode: “Rigged”|
|2012||Venus and Serena||Herself|
|2013||The Legend of Korra||Female Sage (voice)||Episode: “Beginnings, Part 1”|
|2015||7 Days in Hell||Herself|
|2016||Lemonade music video||Herself||Cameo Appearance in “Sorry”|
|2016||Serena: The Other Side of Greatness||Herself||Documentary|
|2018||Ocean’s 8||Herself||Cameo Appearance|