Serena Williams announces her upcoming retirement as her glittering tennis career draws to a close

For the first time in more than a year, the 23-time Grand Slam winner won a singles match at the National Bank Open in Toronto on Monday. But told Vogue she is now “evolving away” from the sport.

The 40-year-old won her last Grand Slam crown in 2017 and is chasing an elusive 24th crown that will put her level with Margaret Court who holds the record for most majors.

“I never liked the word retirement,” Williams wrote in a Vogue article.

“It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I thought of it as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to how I use this word, meaning something very specific and important to a community of people. .

“Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me.

“A few years ago, I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after, I started a family. I want to grow this family.”

Williams later spoke in an Instagram post about how long it took to go in a “different direction.”

“That moment is always hard when you love something so much,” she added. “My God, I love tennis.

“But now the countdown has begun. I need to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals, and finally discovering a different, but just exciting, Serena. I’m going to savor these next few weeks.”

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